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Happy Boy's Day!

Boy’s Day

Boy’s Day is also referred to as Tango no Sekku in Hawaii. It is a Japanese holiday that originated back between the years of 593 A.D. to 629 A.D. It was brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants.

Boy’s Day is celebrated annually on May 5th. Local families hang large kite-like carps (koi fish) that are suspended on thin bamboo poles from their homes. Families will hang one carp for every boy in their household. The carps represent strength and power. They are thought to bring courage and the ability to meet goals to the boy that they represent.

Boy’s Day is also celebrated in Hawaii with festivals where children can create their own carp kites, have their faces painted and eat Japanese food.

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