And so, Golden Week, the span of holidays starting on April 29th with 昭和の日 (Showa Day) and ending with こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi). This is my first こどもの日 with my son, so we bought a little こいのぼり (Koi nobori) at the Japanese market. The picture is off of flickr by mrhayata, and way cooler than mine! XD
An interesting tidbit about こどもの日 is that despite officially being a day for all children, it is more of a celebration of/for boys based on the original holiday of 端午の節句 (Tango no Sekku). The day that is more of a celebration of/for girls is ひな祭り (Hina Matsuri), which is on March 3rd.
There is even a controversy saying that the fact that the こどもの日 is a national holiday while ひな祭り isn’t is a sign of gender discrimination. I personally thing that having a day off probably benefits any of the kids in the family!
And, as I live in Los Angeles, I do not have the day off while people plan on celebrating Cinco De Mayo tonight. I wonder if my son will grow up associating こいのぼり with Mexican food?
Tags: こいのぼり, boy's day, carp, carp streamer, girl's day, golden week, holiday, holidays, kodomo no hi, koi, koi nobori, koinobori
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