Boy's Day

Fri, 2017-05-05 10:30 - 21:30

Boy's (5 to 8 years old) Eat FREE on Boy's Day at the Pagoda Floating Restaurant.

Boys' Day, Children's Day, or Tango no Sekku (May 5)

The modern Tango no Sekku on May 5th is a festival to pray for the health and courage of boys. Families with sons celebrate this day by flying carp-shaped windsocks called koinobori. They decorate their houses with samurai armor and warrior dolls, and eat seasoned rice cooked in bamboo leaves and sticky rice balls filled with red bean paste. Tradition says that taking a bath with iris leaves on this day drives diseases away, which is why this holiday is also called the Iris Festival (shōbu no sekku). Tango no sekku originally came from China. By the Nara period (538-795), the imperial court already made it a custom to display irises on this day to drive evil away. When the warrior class took political leadership after 1192, the government started promoting Tango no Sekku to encourage martial spirit because the Japanese words for ‘iris’ and ‘martial spirit’ (‘shōbu’) are homonyms. Thus, this holiday also became a day to pray for boys to grow up brave and strong. In Japan, carp are known to be strong fish that can leap up waterfalls. The koinobori symbolize parents’ wishes for their sons to be as strong as carp.

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Address: 1525 Rycroft St.
Honolulu, HI 96814-2436
Phone: (808) 948-8356
Catering: (808) 948-8370
Breakfast:Daily 7am - 10:00am Buffet 7am -9:30 am
Lunch: Mon - Sat: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet: Sunday Buffet:
10am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Buffet: 5pm - 9:00pm Mon.- Thurs. 5pm - 9:30pm Fri.-Sun.

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