Shichi-go-san 2000 Google Doodle in Japan

Shichi-Go-San is a festival celebrated in Japan. Shichi-Go-San Festival is also known as Seven-Five-Three Festival. Every year festival takes place during autumn season that celebrates the growth and well being of children. The festival is celebrated on 15th November especially for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys.

Shichi-go-san 2000 Google Doodle
Shichi-go-san 2000(November 15, 2000)

On the festive occasion,Google celebrates it with releasing a doodle called Shichi-go-san 2000. While looking at doodle we can see a crane, Chitose Ame, Turtle along with the Google logo.

Chitose Ame is a candy made from rare Longevity Sugarcane. The candy comes  long stick in a decorated rectangular paper bag, produced and sold only for this event .The candy is made by Gourmet Temple’s and distribute to the children comes to temple by the temple’s chosen Food Man or Men. The ‘l’ letter in Shichi-go-san 2000 Google Doodle is replaced by the candy.

As Shichi-go-san festival is not a National holiday the seasonal traditional event is celebrated on the nearest weekend. This Japanese event is celebrated for the healthy growth of small kids aged 7, 5 and 3. According to East Asian Numerology, it is believed that odd numbers are lucky.

When children’s become 3 years old parents dress up them and bring them to celebrate along with a shrine. They pray and thank the

Japanese children at shichi-go-san
Japanese children at shichi-go-san festival
( Image Credit: Sarkura uaeu.blogspot.in)

God for their children’s health on November 15.  Boys are taken to the shrine on the same day when they are 5 years old and girls are taken to shrine again when they are 7 years old. For this Shichi-go-san event children are dressed up with traditional Japanese Kimono, a pretty expensive stuff.

The root of Shichigosan festival is from the local cultures of Kanto area which is situated in the eastern area of Japan including Tokyo. On the occasion parents pray for the safety and health of children.

There are some similar festivals are celebrated in different regions of Japan. Juusanmairiis a festival similar to a festival celebrated in the western regions of Japan including Osaka Shichi-go-san. In Juusanmairiis children visit shrine at the age of 13.

There is some reason to celebrate the Shichi-go-san when children are at their odd number age.  By the ancient Chinese ways of thinking odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 are considered as Yan numbers, which were thought to bring good luck. This is the main reason for the Shichigosan celebration being held on the year of the children’s age 7, 5 and 3.

The very past roots are there for the celebration from Heian Period (794-1185) or Muromachi Period (1338-1573), but details are not exactly known for Shichi-go-san. As we can assume that Japanese culture was greatly influenced from Chinese culture it is fair to assume that the roots are there from the ancient Heian Period.

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