「七五三」: the festival day for children aged seven, five, three

My family is supposed to visit my husband's parents tomorrow because we'll celebrate for our son being five. It doesn't mean his birthday but the gala day for children aged seven, five and three, what we call "七五三" in Japanese.

The festival is one of the Japanese things. It originates from the following.
In the old days, the survival rate of children to the aged of three was very low as compared with that of the present day. (Needless to say, that of kids aged five and seven was far lower.) The parents at that time expressed their gratitude to God (of the shinto) for the growth of their children. To add to that, they prayed for their health and wholesome growth.

Incidentally, my son isn't five years old yet. In fact, his age is four. The reason I wrote * our son aged five* is when a baby is born, we count him as being one year old to celebrate for the gala.
(It depends on regions or their customs, though.)
     

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