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CUSTOM

CUSTOM TO CELEBRATE BOYS' DAY (NOW CALLED CHILDREN'S DAY), ON MAY
5TH. ON THIS DAY A COLORFUL CLOTH CARP IS FLOWN FROM THE FAMILY
POLE IN THE GARDEN, SINCE THE CARP SYMBOLIZES THE STRENGTH AND
PERSEVERANCE OF THE CARP AS IT STRUGGLES UP STREAM AGAINST THE
DOWNWARD CURRENT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LIVED IN JAPAN WHILE SHE WAS GROWING UP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Keyword(s): FISH ; FLAG OR BANNER

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 5
BELIEF -- Celestial Body
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