Shichi-Go-San 2022

Shichi-Go-San

When is Shichi-Go-San 2022

Shichi-Go-San 2022

Tuesday, November 15, 2022


When is Shichi-Go-San 2023

Shichi-Go-San 2023

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Why we celebrate Shichi-Go-San?

Shichi-Go-San is a traditional festival in Japan. In Japanese, the word means ‘seven-five-three’. The Japanese celebrate children reaching these ages. This is due to the high infant mortality rate in earlier times. It used to be believed that before the age of 7, a child was on the edge between the world of the living and the dead. This is why the Japanese used to celebrate the passing of the critical age. Nowadays, these are important stages in a child’s maturation. The festival is still celebrated to ask the gods for health and long life.

The tradition emerged between 794 and 1185. This period was called peaceful or Heian. It was originally celebrated by noble families, then by samurai and common people. The practice of celebrating has changed slightly over time, but some rituals are still observed today.

What Do People Do?

According to tradition, children are taken to temples on this day. Boys must be 3 or 5 years old. Girls must be 3 or 7 years old. Note that Japan has a kazoedoshi system. Which means age counts pregnancy as another year of a person’s life. In Western countries, the holiday would be celebrated at the ages of 2, 4 and 6.

Previously, it was customary for children to shave their heads before the age of 3. Boys at the age of 5 wore traditional trousers called hakama for the first time. Girls at the age of 7 were first dressed in a beautiful belt called an obi. Nowadays, some people do not follow the traditions so strictly. They may differ from region to region in Japan. But parents especially prepare their children for this day. They dress their children in fancy clothes, and the girls do their hair and makeup. Many shops offer holiday paraphernalia for rent. Children are given sweets and Chitose ame sweets. Their wrappers bear symbols of health, longevity and wisdom.

How to Celebrate Shichi-Go-San?

Every year on 15 November, Japan celebrates Shichi-Go-San. On the island of Hokkaido, the holiday is celebrated a month earlier. Since it is a special day for children, people started taking pictures as a memento. In this regard, the Children’s Photo Day has started to be celebrated on this day. Besides the happy 3, 5 and 7 years of life, the Japanese also have unhappy ones. They are called yakudoshi, for example, for men the unhappy age is 25 and for women 19. You can dedicate the day to learning new information about an interesting way of life in Japan. Celebrate the age of your children and loved ones, because every year of life is beautiful.

Shichi-Go-San Observances

List of dates for other years

Weekday Date Year Name
Friday 15 November 2019 Shichi-Go-San
Sunday 15 November 2020 Shichi-Go-San
Monday 15 November 2021 Shichi-Go-San
Tuesday 15 November 2022 Shichi-Go-San
Wednesday 15 November 2023 Shichi-Go-San
Friday 15 November 2024 Shichi-Go-San
Saturday 15 November 2025 Shichi-Go-San
Sunday 15 November 2026 Shichi-Go-San
Monday 15 November 2027 Shichi-Go-San
Wednesday 15 November 2028 Shichi-Go-San
Thursday 15 November 2029 Shichi-Go-San
Friday 15 November 2030 Shichi-Go-San
Saturday 15 November 2031 Shichi-Go-San
Monday 15 November 2032 Shichi-Go-San

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May 15 - Wed Peace Officers Memorial Day 2022 Observance
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May 27 - Mon Memorial Day 2022 National holiday
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