The day of Shichi Go San indicates the traditional rite of passage for three-year-old and five-year-old boys and three-year-old and seven-year-old girls. Though this day is not a national holiday, the boys and girls visit a Shinto Shrine with their parents. Traditionally, young girls dress in Kimonos, while the boys wear Hakama trousers with Haori jackets.
On visiting the shrine, parents buy their children Chitose-Ame (a thousand-year candy). The candy is a long, thick, red and white stick, and it comes in a bag decorated with cranes and turtles, symbolising long life.
This is one of the most fun festivals in Asia, as it is both colourful and jolly.
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