May 5 is not just Cinco de Mayo (though I may be celebrating with a margarita), it’s also Boys Day. Traditionally, Boys Day was celebrated in Japan where families would hang koi (Japanese fish) kites called koinoburi outside of their homes – one koi kite per boy in the household.
Today, Boys Day has been expanded to be Children’s Day – though in Japan Boys Day is still celebrated on May 5th while Girls Day is celebrated on March 3.
Our house is full of boys so we carry on the Boys Day tradition of making and hanging koi kites outside of our house. We also love to eat mochi and make origami.
Here are some ideas to help you celebrate Boys Day with your family:
And check out other ideas for Children’s Day.