Both countries, South Korea and Japan celebrate their Children’s Day with grand programs on May 5th. Google doodle you can see on homepage of search giant is similar to the one you have seen on Mexican children’s day. Only difference in today’s Google doodle is replacement of doll at the center in Mexican doodle with Fish kites in Japan and Teddy Bear in South Korea.
South Korea and Japan celebrates children’s day every year in their own style. Both countries have different stories in relation with celebration of Children’s Day.
South Korea designated May 5th as their official Children’s Day in the year 1961. Earlier it was May 1st considered to be the day dedicated for children. As May 1st is labor day , Children’s day celebration shifted to current date in South Korea. As seen in Google Doodle, teddy bears, toy cars, dolls are presented to kids on the day. It’s the day of complete celebration for kids in Korea.
In Japan, its the end of Golden week they celebrate as Children’s day. Center attraction of Google Doodle in Japan,also specialty on the day in Japan is Koinbori, the fish kites. Yes, fish kites fly over the sky in Japan on the day. People will be busy in making fish kites to hang over the houses during the season.In many place over Japan, 5 May is Boys Day and is celebrated as Children’s Day.
There are many superstitious stories and legends in relation to fish kite making on the day. Apart from hanging fish kites, Japanese people also have many other programs organized for children all over country for celebration on Children’s Day.
So with teddy bear, fish kites, toys and doll doodles, Google wished Happy Children’s Day in Japan and South Korea on May 5.