Posted by: Agu
Have you ever heard about "Shichi-Go-San"?
Shichi-Go-San literally means seven, five, and three.
Shici-Go-San is a traditional Japanese event to celebrate the healthy growth of children.
This event is for five year-old boys and three and seven year-old girls.
Because many babies died from disease or something else in ancient times,
parents were thankful to their baby to survive.
Then, they began to pray to God as the ceremony.
On the festival day, children dress up in kimono or formal clothes.
Parents take them to Shinto shrine in order to pray for their future health and well-being.
Many families go to the photo studio to take commemorative pictures.
In general, Shichi-Go-San is held on November 15th.
Nowadays, some families celebrate Shichi-Go-San on weekend of the first half of November.
You will have chance to encounter Shichi-Go-San in Sensoji this weekend.
Posted by: Agu (November 12, 2010 3:28 PM)