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Holiday of children in Japan of

Around the world there are holidays of children and for children. It is as natural as the birth of the child. But of course, in each country these holidays possess the, unique features. City - go - a matsura dignity - one of the most colourful holidays in Japan.

of City - go - a matsura dignity - a holiday of children of 7, 5 and 3 years. Why 3, 5 and 7? First of all, it is connected with the Chinese magic of odd numbers. At one-year-old age for the child there are ceremonies, and here the whole next odd years are united in one big festival. In general it is accepted to celebrate this holiday for girls 3 and 7, and for boys of 3 and 5 years. Though how you imagine it - to leave the brother at home and stories on a festival the senior little sister? Here and Japanese prefer to arrange a holiday for all the children, without distinctions in floors and dates for a long time.


marks out him on November 15, to be exact, around November 15 because eternally busy adult Japanese of free time have not enough. Therefore kids go to a holiday for several days, and even months before and after. The closer to a holiday, in particular at the weekend - the more families decide to arrange for children of City - go - a matsura dignity.

this day can visit Shinto temples and to thank gods for health and happiness of children. Before City - go - the dignity had a certain value - boys in 5 years were for the first time allowed to put on hakam trousers and to appear before seniors in adult clothes. Girls in 7 years were also allowed to put on for the first time a belt for a kimono - Ob. And in three years all children passed a ceremony of preservation of hair (before in the childhood they were shaved bare) when the oldest family member presented them a symbol of a gray hair - a raw silk bunch. Then children were got up in the “real“ clothes, did a hair, a make-up and conducted to the temple.

of Tradition to celebrate City - go - a dignity of a matsura originate in far history, in the period of Heyan (794 - 1185) . Then the aristocratic nobility began to note a growing of the children. Later, at the time of a segunat, to be exact since the period Kamakura 1185 - 1333, the holiday was included into the circle of Samurais, and later became popular and among other population. After Meiji`s restoration 1867 - 68 day was chosen on November 15 for official celebration of City - go - a matsura dignity. But as this day - not national day off, tradition to go to temples before and after, especially in November, strongly entered into the Japanese society.

Somehow I asked

the Japanese acquaintance - as they note City - go - a dignity in their family. “We are Christians“, - that answered. “Means, you do not celebrate?“, - I was surprised.“ Why? - the Japanese puzzly stared at me. - We are going to churches, we put on dresses and we celebrate everything together“. Apparently, the holiday passed not only age, but also confessional restrictions for a long time. And it, probably, is good - all children have to have a holiday.

Today in November the increasing temples turn into cheerful playgrounds. Thousands of little visitors in colourful clothes fill temple court yard, queue to hot chestnuts and finger mothers and fathers concerning tasty candies. By the way, candies on this holiday too special - titoseame (candies thousands of years), long toffees in bright bags of images of turtles and cranes. Symbolize such toffees of a wish of long life.

the Traditional dress - important part of City - go - a matsura dignity. For boys it is “jacket“ of a haora and “trousers“ of a hakam, for girls - special festive kimonos. Some little “Samurais“ put on a terrible armor and helmets and even tie toy swords to a belt. However, it is quite often possible to meet both the European clothes and a school uniform, especially if children come to a holiday far not for the first time.

of City - go - a matsura dignity already many years continue to enjoy wide popularity - not least because of children. But many Japanese in such days come just to admire the autumn nature and to marvel at unusual children`s dresses. And heroes of the occasion who confusedly and who having put on airs, pose for fussy uneasy parents with chambers.