Boy’s Day in Hawaii

Happy children’s day! Around this time in 1907, the Japanese in Hawaii celebrated boy’s day. In front of their houses, they hung huge red fish banners that flapped to the wind. Boy’s day celebrated “manhood,” and the fish symbolized that “the stork has left a male child during the year just past.” Read more about it in “Japanese Festival.”

“Japanese Festival: Red Fish Banners Now Flying for Baby Boys”
Pacific commercial advertiser, June 18, 1907, Page 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1907-06-18/ed-1/seq-2/

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