year, on the second Monday of January,
Japanese people celebrate the coming of age of
those men and women who have turned 20
since the previous year.
occurs on the 3rd of February. On the
evening of this day, people scatter soy beans
both inside and outside their homes while yelling,
“Out with the devil! In with happiness!”. To pray
for good health for the year.
*scatter: to throw some thing (small things ex:bean)
on March 3. The 3rd March families
with girls wish their daughters a successful and
happy life. Dolls are display in the house
together with peach blossom.
5th May is the day that marks the growing
up of boys. Homes with boys display dolls and fly
carp streamers. Chimaki (dumplings wrapped in
bamboo leaves) and Kashiwa-mochi (rice cakes
wrapped in oak leaves) are eaten.
*dumpling: the boiled dough
Star Festival occurs on 7th July. People will
write their wishes on strips of poetry paper of
various colors, hang them off bamboo leaves
and then decorate their gardens with them.
* hang them off : to hang something
November is the day to pray for the growth
of children. Usually the celebrations involve boys
and girls of ages three and five. Parents and
children will dressed in the best clothes to visit
• The day that people condense together and
• to throw some thing (small things ex:bean)
• to hang something
• the boiled dough