Japan celebrates Children’s Day (こどもの日 kodomo no hi) on the 5th of May. Already some days before, families raise carp-shaped flags, 鯉幟 koinobori, one big, black one for the father, one slightly smaller, red one for the mother, and then one for each boy in the family. The carp is a symbol for the wish of the family that their son may grow up strong and healthy. For that purpose the family also displays a kintarô doll riding a carp and a kabuto, a Japanese military helmet. Although it is called Children’s Day, the symbols for the family’s wish of their daughter’s strong and healthy growth are already displayed on ひな祭り hinamatsuri and therefore not again on Children’s Day.
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