Old tradition celebrates young ones

Carp-shaped windsocks outside the Tokyo Skytree in Japan's capital set the stage for tomorrow's Children's Day festivities. The annual holiday is a time for honouring children and for wishing them happiness. In Japanese culture, the carp is a symbol
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Carp-shaped windsocks outside the Tokyo Skytree in Japan's capital set the stage for tomorrow's Children's Day festivities.

The annual holiday is a time for honouring children and for wishing them happiness.

In Japanese culture, the carp is a symbol of determination and strength as it overcomes many obstacles to swim upstream.

The fish streamers signify the hope that children will grow up just as brave and strong.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2017, with the headline 'Old tradition celebrates young ones'. Print Edition | Subscribe