Children’s Day, or Kodomo no Hi, is a national Japanese holiday celebrating the health, happiness, and individually of the country’s children. Good fortune is wished upon them as they express gratitude and respect for their parents, teachers, and other role models.
Children’s Day is celebrated every year on May 5th. It’s the last day of Golden Week—Japan’s week of four unique holidays spanning from the end of April to the beginning of May.
Golden Week is one of the few times the entire country is on vacation, and it’s typically the longest break Japan’s working people get. Needless to say, celebration ensues.
Read on to discover the history and symbolic meanings behind the last day of Golden Week as well as the traditional activities and foods enjoyed during Children’s Day celebrations.