Kodomonohi - Children's Day
May 5th Children's day. It is called boys festival and was for celebrating boys growing up, but now it has become a day to cerebrate children in general.
On this day, family with boys set out dolls for the Boys festival, patterned after warriors and heroes, and fly carp streamers.
Carp have the strength to swim even up waterfall and have long been taken as symbols of success in life.
The day also features the practice from long age of taking a bath with sweet flags, plants reputed to have medicinal effect, and it is also essential to make an offering of the traditional Japanese confection of rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves and rice cake wrapped in oak leaves.