Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Children’s Day and Flying Carp

Carp fly on Children's Day
May 5th of every year is Kodomo-no-hi, or Children's Day. Traditionally on this day, families fly colorful koinobori (colorful cloth carp streamers), from their homes, trees, flag poles, or other high places. The beautiful hand painted streamers swim in the air and present a lovely vision of spring. The carp was chosen as a symbol for children because parents wished to see their offspring grow as vigorous and strong as carp - who battle to ascend streams and even waterfalls. (posted by M.)