Jean De La Bruyere
Aloha & Welcome to May fifth,
Tango-no-sekku, the Japanese Boy's Day Festival
that is also celebrated here in Hawaii.
The 5th day of the 5th month has been the day to celebrate boys for centuries. Tango-no-sekku means: "First Day of the Horse" because the strength, stamina, and courage of horses symbolize masculine qualities that boys should emulate.
Today, in Japan, May fifth is celebrated as Children's Day.
But here in Hawaii we keep many old customs that the plantation workers brought with them. They intended to maintain their ethnic identities, but the magic of Hawaii has painted most every imported custom with our own unique qualities.
So let's celebrate boys, carp, AND girls, as we continue to appreciate everything that makes our island home
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