In Japan, the Shichi-go-san "Seven-five-three" is one of the three festivals that celebrate children. It is a traditional rite of passage celebrating three-year-olds, five-year-old boys and seven-year-old girls, held annually on .


Seven-Five-Three, Shichi-Go-San

On dit que Shichi-go-san trouve son origine à la période Heian parmi les nobles de la cour qui célébraient le passage de leurs enfants dans l’enfance moyenne. Les âges de trois, cinq et sept ans ont un lien avec la numérologie japanese. En effet, selon la numérologie japonaise, les chiffres impairs portent bonheur. La coutume de célébrer cette fête au quinzième du mois date de la période Kamakura.

Over time, this tradition was adopted by the samurai class who added some rites to it. At the age of three, it was customary to shave the head leaving hair only on the top of the head. Five-year-old boys could wear the hakama for the first time, as the seven-year-old girls replaced the simple ropes they used to use to tie their kimono with the traditional belt. During the Meiji period, the practice was adopted by the people, since a new rite has been added: that of going with one's children to a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple and praying that they grow up healthy..

The tradition has changed a bit since the Meiji period. The hair ritual has been abandoned, boys who are five years old and girls aged three or seven are still dressed in kimono, for visits to shrines. It is customary for three-year-old girls to wear the hifu (padded jacket) with their kimono, they are combed with their hair pulled up in a bun and decorated with combs or flowers. The boys wear the hakama and the haori (jacket falling on the hakama). Rarely do some children wear western clothes. The photography, although not existing at the beginning of this festival, today sanctifies this unique moment which is the pride of the family who will exhibit it princely in the house.1.

The chitose soul "Thousand-year-old candy" are given to children. Chitose soul est un bonbon long, mince et de couleur rouge et blanche, qui symbolise une croissance et une longévité saines. Il est donné dans un sac sur lequel sont dessinées une grue et une tortue, animaux symbolisant pour les Japanese la longévité.

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Today, the Japanese celebrate Shichi-go-san "Seven-five-three", one of the three festivals that celebrate children. The chitose soul "Thousand-year-old candy" are given to children. It is given in a bag on which are drawn a crane and a turtle, animals symbolizing longevity for the Japanese. #mythology #mythe #legende #calendar #15November #japon #shichigosan #chitoseame

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