What Is Children's Day?

A Quick History Lesson

Children’s Day, held annually on the 5th day of the 5th month, was originally known as Feast of Banners (Tango no Sekku) or Boy’s Day. Historically it was a day set aside to honor male children and their fathers, however, in 1948 the Japanese government decided to make the day more inclusive and changed the name to Children’s Day. Girl’s Day (Hinamatsuri) is on March 3 and although May 5 now celebrates both boys, girls, and both sets of parents, some of the more masculine traditions still remain.

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