Children’s Day!

【端午の節句】
5月5日のこどもの日は、「端午の節句」ともいい、鯉のぼりや五月人形を飾って、成長や祝ったり厄除けをお祈りする行事です。この日には、勝負にかけて菖蒲を入れたお風呂にはいったり、子孫繁栄にあやかって柏餅を食べたりと…様々な行事が行われます。ぜひ、パリパリポリポリとおせんべいも力強く食べて頂ければ嬉しいですね…笑

Kodomo-no-hi falls on May 5, called “Tango-no-sekku”, Boys’ festival. In Japan, we have various customs on the day. We hang out carp streamers (Koinobori) or decorate the Boys’ May Festival dolls to pray that boys in the house will live their lives strongly as well as to drive out an evil spirit. On this day, we take a bath with the leaves of the sweet flag, which is also believed to drive out noxious vapors from the body. The children eat rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves (Kashiwa-mochi)

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