falls on May 5 of every year. One of the most popular
national holidays, Children's Day actually started
long ago as Boy's Day, a holiday celebrating
male Children. Today
people have enlarged the festivities to include children
of both genders, but much of the old trappings and
decorations are carry overs from Boy's Day.
drive away bad luck and bring good fortune to children,
a family will hoist koinobori (colorful cloth
carp streamers) from flagpoles or other high places.
The koi (carp) is thought to symbolize strength and
endurance since it is able to swim upstream even against
a forceful waterfall.