Sparwood Welcomes Residents to Celebrate National Children's Day with Sister City

Join us in celebrating National Children’s Day with our sister city Kamisunagawa, by learning, colouring and discovering.

In Japan, Kodomo no hi, or “Children’s Day,” is celebrated every year on May 5th. On this national holiday, children are respected and honored for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them. On this day, Koinobori, or cloth carp streamers, are flown on poles outside of public buildings and private homes to bring luck and good fortune to the children inside. Koi fish, or Carp, are believed to be strong, spirited fish and are revered for their determination in fighting as they swim upstream and through powerful waterfalls. The Koinobori symbolize the desire for children to become brave and strong individuals.

In honor of this national holiday, the District of Sparwood raises “Carp Banners” each year for the week of May 5th. Join us in celebration with our sister city Kamisunagawa by having your family colour and display carps in your window. A carp colouring page can be found here.

In addition, discover our community, by participating in the Carp Scavenger Hunt. This year the District of Sparwood will fly 20 carp in 5 locations all over town from May 4 - 8, 2020. All you need to do is take a picture of where all 20 carp have been raised, and email the pictures to for a chance to win a prize. Keep your eyes open, share this scavenger hunt with your friends.

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