The Gosekku, also known as sekku are the five annual ceremonies that were traditionally held in Japan. The origins were adapted from Chinese practices and celebrated in Japan since the Nara period in the 8-10th century. Some of them are still celebrated by the public today.
Jinjitsu: on Jan. 7th “Nanakusa-gayu” Rice porridge with 7 herbs
Hinamatsuri: on March 3rd “Girls Day or Doll Festival”
Tango: on May 5th “Children’s Day or Boys Day”
Tanabata : on July 7th ” Tanabata Festival”
Chōyō: on September 9th “Chrysanthemum Festival”
Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5,
It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday.
The day was originally called Tango no Sekku and was celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth moon in the lunar calendar or Chinese calendar. After Japan switched to the Gregorian calendar, the date was moved to May 5.
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.
On this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, and the way the flags blow in the wind looks like they are swimming), with one carp for the father, one for the mother, and one carp for each child (traditionally each son).
Families also display a” Kintarō” doll usually riding on a large carp.
Traditional Japanese Samurai (warrior) helmet,” kabuto” which is traditionally symbols of strength and vitality.
Mochi rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves—kashiwa-mochi (mochi filled with red bean jam) and chimaki (a kind of “sweet rice paste”, wrapped in an iris or bamboo leaf)—are traditionally served on this day.
YouTube Video on “How to make a Japanese Samurai helmet” for the “Children’s Day on May 5th.
Final works after the fire
Here are final works of Japanese samurai helmet for the Boy’s Day on May 5th. Helmets are painted with under-graze paints.
This one is another set of the helmet. The shape and design of the Samurai helmet are similar.