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May 5 is the Childrenfs Day, one of National Holidays.@Originally it was called Tango no Sekku (Boysf Festival), and was for celebrating boysf growing up@healthy and strong.

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Approaching this day, you will see Koinobori (flying carp streamers) outside the house here and there. Carp are said to be strong enough to swim even up waterfalls and have long been taken as symbols of success in life. Inside the house, families with boys set out dolls patterned after warriors, Japanese miniature war helmets, etc.

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The day also features from long ago the practice of placing iris leaves under the eaves to fend off evil and taking a bath with iris leaves for the health. Families make an offering of the traditional Japanese rice cakes of Chimaki (rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves) and Kashiwa-Mochi (rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves) and eat them together.

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The event of this Sekku was carried out in the royal court of Nara and Heian period (8th`12th century) in the Chinese style, and in Samurai society of Edo period (17th`19th century) in the same style as the present time. Furthermore,@it was from the end of Edo period that the people took up the custom of this Sekku at their respective home.  

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The Tango no Sekku (Boysf Festival) is now one of the most delightful events for Japanese children as well as Momo no Sekku (Girlsf Festival) of March 3.