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Shichi go san

 

15 November

Shichi go san is a Japanese festival celebrated for children. The festival is named after the ages of the children taking part - seven (shichi), five (go), three (san). Parents take boys of three and five years old and girls of three and seven to give thanks to the gods for a healthy life so far and pray for a safe and successful future.

The three ages were associated with significant stages in children's lives.

  • Three was the age when girls first wore their hair in an adult style.
  • At five boys receive and wear their official "hakama", formal Japanese trousers.
  • At seven girls receive and wear the traditional "obi" (the silk sash) for the first time around their kimono rather than string.

 

 


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