Thursday, November 16, 2006

'Nihongo'... that's 'Hello' in Japanese for all you guys. Wondering what made me go Japanese today... it's just that I read up an interesting event called 'Shichi-Go-San', celebrated in Japan yesterday. It's a beautiful festival, where little kids aged three, little girls aged seven and little boys aged five are taken to the Shinto temple and prayers are observed for their healthy growth!

Some more on Shichi-Go-San -

  • The festival is said to have started in the Heian period (794-1185) where the nobles celebrated the growth of their children on a lucky day in November.
  • November 15 is Shichi-go-san, a day of prayer for the healthy growth of young children.
  • Most girls wear kimonos when making their Shichi-go-san visit, while boys don haori jackets and hakama trousers.
  • Odd numbers are considered lucky numbers. Long candies in bags that are decorated with turtles and cranes are given to the children.
  • The candy, the crane, and the turtle, all symbolize longlivity.

While I go and brush my Japanese, you folks can check out these links for some more details -
Shichi-Go-San - Read up more on these cuties.
Japanese Guide - Some interesting details.
Wikipedia - Nothing better than this to enhance a bit of knowledge!
Japanese Lifestyles - Interesting Reads.
posted by Casey Galatos at Thursday, November 16, 2006 | Permalink |

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