Shichi-go-san (Seven-five-three) - November 15

〜A gala day for children of three, five and seven years of age〜

What's the meaning of this event?
Shichi-go-san (a gala day for children of three, five and seven years of age) is an event occurring on November 15, when prayers are offered for children's growth. Because odd numbers are considered auspicious in Japan, the odd numbered years of this important period of a child's growth - that is, the ages of three and five for boys, three and seven for girls - are celebrated.

What do people do on this day?
Children dress up in their gala dresses and go with their parents to a shrine to pay a visit to the deity there, and children are given chitose-ame (thousand-year candy).

Are there objects associated with this event?

Chitose-ame (thousand-year candy)
Chitose-ame is long, thin, red and white candy in bags with crane and turtle illustrations. Chitose means "one thousand years" and in Japan both the crane and the turtle are symbols of long life.

3, 5 and 7 year-old girls and boy
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