Have you hard about “shichi go san” befor?
It’s the ceremony for kids of 3,5 and 7 years old.
I’ll talk about history and meaning and more of Shichi go san 🙂
History of Shichi go san
The Shichi-go-san started from Heian period amongst court nobles who would celebrate the passage of their children into middle childhood.
Over time, this tradition passed to the samurai class who added a number of rituals. Children—who up until the age of three were required by custom to have shaven heads—were allowed to grow out their hair. Boys of age five could wear hakama for the first time, while girls of age seven replaced the simple cords they used to tie their kimono with the traditional obi.
Now,tradition changed littie since the Meiji period.
While the ritual regarding hair has been discarded, boys who are aged five and girls who are aged three or seven are still dressed in kimono many for the first time—for visits to shrines.
3 years old
They usually wear “Hifu”(a type of patted vest) with their kimono.
5 years old
Boys of age five could wear Hakama for the first time.
7 years old
Girls of age seven replaced the simple cords they used to tie their kimono with the traditional obi.
what is the “Chitose-ame”?
Chitose ame (千歳飴）literally, thousand year candy ,is given to children on Shichi Go San.
Chitose ame is long,thin, red and white candy which symbolizes healthy growth and longevity.
It is given in a bag decorated with a crane and a turtle, which represent long life in Japan.
The day of Shichi Go San is 15th November.
If you visit to Japan around that day,
you might see Shichi Go San children 🙂