Children's Day in Japan Date in the current year: May 5, 2016

Children's Day in Japan Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) is the final holiday of the Golden Week in Japan. It has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1948.

The holiday's original name was Tango no Sekku. It was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar. When Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar, the date was moved to May 5, which also is the 5th day of the 5th month.

Originally Tango no Sekku was celebrated as Boys' Day, while girls had their own holiday, Hinamatsuri. In 1948, government changed the holiday's name to Kodomo no Hi and declared it as a national holiday to celebrate children's personalities and their happiness as well as to express gratitude toward mothers.

Children's Day is also referred to as Feast of Banners because there is a tradition to hoist koinobori, carp-shaped windsocks. The carp is a symbol of strength, determination, courage, and the ability to reach goals. Since all these traits are desired in children, Japanese families flow koinobori on May 4, one for each child (or boy in more conservative families).

Kodomo no Hi is the closing day of the Golden Week, the period that lasts from April 29 to May 5 and contains four public holidays: Shōwa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day and Children's Day.

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