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New Year
New Year's is said to be the oldest event in Japan. It can be said that it is a culture that has been especially cherished among Japanese events and customs.

The character "sho" in New Year's Day has the meaning of "beginning" of the year and "changing" the year. In the past, the whole month of January was known as "New Year's Day" and was known as the "Month of Correction."

From the beginning of the New Year, I spent half a month cleaning and tidying up my wife's home, preparing decorations, a place for the Toshigami, and offerings. It is also an important day for families to welcome and celebrate the new Toshigami.
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What is the first New Year?
Since ancient times, the first New Year's Day has been treated as special not only because it is the first New Year's Day, but also because it was considered to be the first day a baby turns old.

The current common way of counting age is ``full age,'' but until around 1944, the mainstream method of counting age was ``kaunen.''
"Full age" is calculated from the day you are born as "0 years old" to the day you reach your next birthday as "one year older."
On the other hand, in ``Kaunen,' ' the day you were born is considered ``one year old,'' and you become one year older on the day you celebrate New Year's, so at that time, the first New Year was also seen as a birthday. I did. The first New Year's Day marks a child's 2nd birthday.

At the end of the year, there is a custom for boys to display ``hama-yumi'' to express their wishes for them to grow up healthy and strong, and for girls to display ``hagoita'' to ward off evil spirits.
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About Hagoita, living in sunshine

Since ancient times, there have been many events to ``ward off evil spirits'' and ``warm off evil spirits'' at the change of seasons, such as the year-end and New Year holidays and festivals, because demons (evil spirits) come out from the ``Kimon'' and cause evil at this time. This is because it was thought that it would cause illness or misfortune.
Therefore, in order to help newborn babies get through that period safely, people started giving hagoita and hamayumi as ``children's talismans'' on the first New Year's Day.