Most charming kids children holiday in Japan
• The most charming kids children holiday in Japan
November 15 or the week, including November 15, everywhere in Japan, you can see an incredibly charming, dressed in bright kimono kids, hurrying with moms, dads and grandparents to the nearest temple. Because these days the favorite of all the old Japanese holiday Shichi-Go-San, or children's holiday.
Translation of the name of the holiday is incredibly simple: City - is seven, Go - is five, the San - that's three. This children's festival, whose history goes back more than 300 years, can be called a common birthday for all children, which in the current year was 3, 5, 7 years there.
These odd figures since ancient times in Japan were considered magical, and the corresponding ages reflect the important, crucial stage of the children grow older.
Holidays City-Go-San accompanies many traditional rituals and traditions.
One of the oldest and most important rites for boys and girls who have attained the age of three, he was considered a rite of Kamioka - "Hair savings"
In ancient Japan in early childhood children shaved their heads, so that then they grow long beautiful hair always rightly considered a subject of Japanese pride. By the day Kamioka boys grew their hair so that they could fasten at the back, and girls tied bundles of hair.
Also in the Middle Ages in aristocratic families the boys for the first time in three years, wore hakama - traditional men's clothing in a wide trousers with pleats.
Later this ritual has been held every five years, in this age of the samurai lords were their children by introducing them into the circle of adults.
For girls more important age of seven years, since the day they first tie "adult" kimono belt - obi.
This ceremony, called an obi-talkie ( "change of belts"), represents the maturing, because on that day the girl for the first time in the life of a woman dressed as an adult.
Posted in General, the age of seven years in Japan is considered the most important stage of growing a little man - before people in Japan believed that the birth of a child in the house infused heavenly creature itself, or His Messenger, and that up to seven years of a child - it's not a simple man and divine creation.
In this superstition explains why too lenient, at first glance, an attitude that show Japanese parents toward their young children, unreservedly indulging in any of their pranks and whims. Few places are still small children are so spoiled as in Japan.
However, when the child reaches "critical" seven years old attitude towards him changed, since that time, he is believed to be converted into an ordinary person, and to replace the cloudless years of happy and serene childhood comes during a demanding and harsh upbringing.
But the feast of City-Go-San children - small rulers. Parents always worry about how to make this holiday a memorable and vivid in the child's life.
The main festive holiday tradition - visiting the temple: parents bring festively dressed boys of three and five years and three girls and seven years in the Shinto shrine to thank the gods for the fact that children grow up healthy and happy.