こどもの日 (kodomo no hi) : children’s day

Cuti umum terakhir untuk Golden Week adalah Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day). Esok masih juga cuti kerana cuti tambahan. Sebenarnya hari kanak2 terbahagi kepada 2 iaitu 3 Mac (3/3) iaitu Hinamatsuri untuk kanak2 perempuan dan 5 Mei (5/5) iaitu Tango no Sekku untuk kanak2 lelaki. Pada Kodomo no Hi, Koinobori akan dipasang atau dikibarkan di rumah masing2, menghias rumah dengan Kabuto (perisai atau topi yang digunakan semasa perang pada masa dahulu) dan peralatan perang (katana, panah dan lain2), kanak2 akan mandi dengan sejenis daun khas (tahu pun sebab pernah kerja di supermarket dan ramai orang beli sejenis daun), makan kashiwamochi atau chimaki dan lain2 adat. Semalam semasa pergi Akachan Honpo untuk membeli baju untuk mama dan barang2 anak, ada dijual Kabuto dan Koinobori. Terasa nak beli kabuto tu yang siap dengan kotak kaca. Mungkin akan beli sebelum balik ke Malaysia nanti. Kalau beli sekarang pun bukan ada tempat nak letak dan simpan. Cuma beli Koinobori versi Pokemon untuk Zakwan dan Zarul. Mungkin akan beli kashiwamochi yang sudah menjadi kegemaran kami. Ada sedikit info mengenai Kodomo no Hi dan Koinobori dari WIKI.


Koinobori dari WIKI

Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日; meaning “Children’s Day”) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a National holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.

The day was originally called Tango no Sekku (端午の節句, Tango no Sekku), and was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon in the lunar calendar or Chinese calendar (before Japan switched to the Gregorian calendar). It is still celebrated on May 5th every year, despite the offset of the lunar and Gregorian calendars. In modern day China, Tango is celebrated with the Dragon Boat Festival (端午節).

Sekku means a season’s festival (there are five sekku per year). Tango no Sekku marks the beginning of summer or the rainy season. Tango has a double meaning: Tan means “edge” or “first” and go means “noon.” In Japanese go also means five (五), which could refer to the date of the festival: the fifth day of the fifth month. In Chinese culture, the fifth month of the Chinese calendar was said to be a month for purification, and many rites that were said to drive away evil spirits were performed.

Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated, it was probably during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). In Japan, Tango no Sekku was assigned to the fifth day of the fifth month after the Nara period.

Until recently, Tango no Sekku was known as Boys’ Day (also known as Feast of Banners) while Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. It was renamed Kodomo no Hi. There is some concern that, despite its renaming, it is still Boys’ Day and it is inappropriate that Boys’ Day is a national holiday, while Girls’ Day is not.

Before this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags, one for each boy (or child), display a Kintarō doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto. Kintarō and the kabuto are symbols of a strong and healthy boy.

Kintarō (金太郎, Kintarō) is the childhood name of Sakata no Kintoki who was a hero in the Heian period, a subordinate samurai of Minamoto no Raikou, having been famous for his strength when he was a child. It is said that Kintarō rode a bear, instead of a horse, and played with animals in the mountains when he was a young boy.

Mochi rice cakes wrapped in kashiwa (oak) leaves — kashiwa-mochi and chimaki — are traditionally served on this day.


Koinobori versi Pokemon

Koinobori (鯉幟/こいのぼり, Koi-nobori), meaning “carp banner” in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day. These wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric. They are then allowed to flutter in the wind. They are also known as satsuki-nobori (皐幟/さつきのぼり, satsuki-nobori).

Children’s Day takes place on May 5. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of sons and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

A koinobori set consists of, from the top of the pole down, a pair of arrow-spoked wheels (矢車, yaguruma) with a ball-shaped spinning vane, flying-dragon streamer (飛龍吹流し, hiryū fukinagashi) that looks like a windsock, a black koinobori and a red koinobori. If more boys are in the household, an additional blue, green and then purple koinobori are added. The red koinobori’s color can be varied as orange or pink. These carp sets are flown above the roofs of houses with sons, with the biggest (black) koinobori for the father, next biggest (blue) for the eldest son, and ranging down to the smallest carp for the youngest son.

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Vocabulary:
こい (koi) – carp
かたな (katana) – sword
もち (mochi) – rice cake
おとこ (otoko) – male
おんな (onna) – female

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2 thoughts on “こどもの日 (kodomo no hi) : children’s day

  1. HE May 6, 2008 at 12:57 am

    anak saya beli koinobori versi Hello Kitty..walaupun ppompuan..hehe

  2. nashriza May 6, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    he: anak yg sulong pulak nak puri cure…but dah habis stock..hehe..kalau nak beli koinobori yg besar…takde tpt nak kibarkan lak..so okla kecik2 ni..

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