is generally more noted for honoring its elders, the young are also honored with a day set aside on May 5 for a joyous national holiday celebration of "Childrens Day".
This year, Children's Day in Japan falls on Friday, May 5, 2017.
All about Children's Day
Kodomo no Hi is a combination of what use to be separate days for Girls Day (Hina Matsuri, March 3rd) and Boys Day Tango-no-Sekku, May 5).
The celebration for girls is traditionally marked with a display of dolls handed down from mother to daughter for generations. Figuring prominently in the boys' celebration are sumarai warrior dolls,
along with carp streamers - flying outside in gardens and backyards - that symbolize the strength and determination of the carp in Japanese folklore.
Day foods are also served to mark the celebration, including rice dumplings wrapped
in bamboo, bean filled rice cakes, and special sweets.
more about the day honoring the country's younger generation
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Check out an excellent collection of fun activities, craft projects (including how to's for making carp kites, traditional dolls and sumarai warrior costumes) and a huge cache of related resources.
Here's a colorfully illustrated intro to the holiday celebrated with streamers,
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