Throughout the world there are holidays for kids and children. It’s as natural as childbirth itself. But of course, in each country these holidays have their own unique features. Citi-go-San Matsuri is one of the most colorful festivals in Japan.
It is celebrated on 15 November, specifically around November 15, for have always employed Japanese adults have little free time. So we go the kids are on holiday for a few days, and even months before and after. The closer to the holiday, especially on the weekends – the more families decide to have their children to city-go-San Matsuri.
In this day, people visit Shinto temples to thank the gods for the health and happiness of children. Before Citi-go-San had a certain value – the boys in 5 years for the first time were allowed to wear trousers “hakama”, and to stand before the elders in adult clothes. Girls in years 7 also it was allowed for the first time to wear a belt for kimono – Obi. And in three years all children received the rite of conservation of hair (before that in childhood their shaved bald), when the oldest member of the family presented them a symbol of white hair – a bundle of raw silk. Then children get up in “real” Continue reading
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Family traditions and customs of our ancestors
The institution of family was founded in ancient times. At first the families were polygamous, one man had several wives. Polygamy was an absolutely pragmatic motives, many men died in wars, hunting accidents. Over time, family traditions have changed on the European continent is firmly entrenched monogamous marriage. Polygamy prevails today in some primitive tribes of Africa and Asia. In institutional terms it is enshrined in the Muslim religion, although in most countries of the Muslim family have become monogamous.
What family traditions and customs of our ancestors? The first thing to mention is the distribution of roles in the family. For centuries the head of the household was the husband. He took the most important decision was the provider and the undisputed authority for his wife and children. The woman was a mother and homemaker, she was treated with respect, her husband trusted her with the upbringing of children. the management of the home. Although the full equality of men and women to talk in those days was not necessary. Children family tradition has prescribed obedience to parents, especially the father, were for them an absolute authority.
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Recently I heard of a Japanese saying. “The one with the terrace beside the water, the moon before others see.” What it’s about. About the amazing love of man to nature. Japanese myths tell that when the gods Izanami and Izanagi over the rainbow descended from the heavens to separate the earth from the abyss, struck Izanagi the powerful spear on abyss and then with his spear rolled the string drops. These drops formed a curved chain of Islands. Yamato is the ancient name of Japan, means “way of the mountains”. The name “Yamato” suggests that the creation of Japan is not yet complete. “The land of the rising sun” called her neighbors.
Japanese love to the lovely is rooted in their love of nature. Japan is a country of beautiful landscapes in a soft green-blue tones. This delicate range can sometimes break the fall colors of the maples Continue reading