こどもの日 英語で説明してみよう





こどもの日 英語で説明してみましょう

私達が外国の文化や習慣に興味を持つように、外国の方も日本の習慣に興味を持っているのではないかと思います。

 

世界の国々にはそれぞれ色々な祝日がありますが、このこどもの日も特有の風習があり、外国の方には興味のある風習の一つではないでしょうか。
そこで、今日は、この「こどもの日」を英語で簡単に説明するとどうなるのか?を見てみたいと思います。

 

今回、私が書くのは

 

いつ when
何故 why
どのように how

 

この3つを柱に考えてみたいと思います。

 

いつwhen

We generally celebrate May 5 as "Children's day", which is one of Japanese national holidays.
The another name of "Children's day" is "Boy's festival".
"Children's day" based on "The day for the prevention of cruelty to children" was established in 1948.

 

日本では、5月5日を国民の祝日の一つ"こどもの日"として祝います。

 

このこどもの日は別名"端午の節句"とも呼ばれ、「児童愛護デー」が基となり、1948年に制定されました。

 





何故 why

The purpose of "Children's day" was to celebrate children's happiness and to respect their individual.
In addition,the day was established as a "Thanks day" for their mother.

 

"こどもの日"はこどもの幸せを願い、彼ら一人ひとりを尊重し、母親に感謝する日することを目的に制定されました。

 

どのようにHOW

鯉のぼり

Boy's parents display "colorful carp banners" or "helmet".
Many people eat some famous sweets to celebrate the special day.
"colorful carp banners" and "helmet" are famous symbol to celebrate "Children's day".
Many parents display them hoping that children will grow up with courage and wisdom.

 

"Kashiwa-mochi", rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf, and " Chimaki" , rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, are also famous as a Japanese sweets to celebrate "Children's day".
In Japan many people believe "kashiwa-mochi" is a symbol of prosperity of their descendants.
On the other hand "Chimaki" has been familiar among the people as a protective charm.


 

兜

男の子を持つ親御さんは、"鯉のぼり"や"兜"を飾り、多くの人がこどもの日を祝って"柏餅"や"ちまき"を食べます。
"こいのぼり"や"兜"はこどもの日の有名なシンボルです。

 

子供達が健やかでたくましく、賢く育ってくれることを祈って、多くの親がこういったものを飾るのです。

 

「柏餅」はお米を「樫の葉」で包んだもの、「ちまき」は団子を笹の葉で包んだもので、それぞれこどもの日のお菓子として有名です。
この「柏餅」「ちまき」にはそれぞれ、「子孫繁栄」と「厄除け」として人々に親しまれています。

 

 

この3つの文章をつなげると、

 

We generally celebrate May 5 as "Children's day", which is one of Japanese national holidays.
The another name of "Children's day" is "Boy's festival".
"children's day" based on "the day for the prevention of cruelty to children" was established in 1948.

 

The purpose of "Children's day" was to celebrate children's happiness and to respect their individual.
In addition,the day was established as a "Thanks day" for their mother.

 

Boy's parents display "colorful carp banners" or "helmet".
Many people eat some famous sweets to celebrate the special day.
"colorful carp banners" and "helmet" are famous symbol to celebrate "Children's day".
Many parents display them hoping that children will grow up with courage and wisdom.

 

"Kashiwa-mochi", rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf, and " Chimaki" , rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, are also famous as a Japanese sweets to celebrate "Children's day".
In Japan many people believe "kashiwa-mochi" is a symbol of prosperity of their descendants.
On the other hand "Chimaki" has been familiar among the people as a protective charm.

 

We also celebrate for girl as "girl's festival" on March 3.

Families have girls decorate doll called "Hina doll" to pray that their children grow up healthy and to become happy.

 

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