メルバ先生 英文記事紹介 No.10
There are several festivals that the Japanese celebrate.One of it is Shichi-Go-San,it is a festival celebrated by parents every November 15. It marks the growth of their children ages seven, five and three. These are the ages considered critical to a child's life. A young girl at the age of seven,celebrates wearing her first obi (kimono at present) while hakama pants for the young boy. At the age of three marks the beginning whereby both boys and girls are allowed to let their hair grow. The celebration started during the Heian Period in Japan wherein the nobles celebrated the growth of their children on a lucky day of November and was set every 15th of the month during the Edo Period. It is the time the children wear in public their national costumes and parents will bring them to shrines.After the shrine visit, the parents will buy their children a thousand years candy. The candy is shaped like a stick and comes in a bag that has a drawing of cranes and turtles - two animals that traditionally symbolise longevity in Japan. The candy and the bag would mean that their parent's wish for a long and successful life.
In most of the countries nowadays are being influenced by Western culture. In the way they dress up, mostly changed from the traditional way of wearing traditional costumes. They gradually shifted to what's the fashion trend at present. Seldom we could see people roaming around in an ordinary day wearing their traditional dresses. Only during special occasions like weddings and some other events. Shichi-Go- San is a memorable event in the life of a Japanese child that somehow they were able to wear their traditional costumes.It also shows the culture of hope to achieve a longer and fruitful life which every parents in the world wish for their children.