In Japan, there are a lot of holidays such as Christmas, Children’s day, and New year’s day. My favorite holiday is the New year’s day because we can eat Osechi as Japanese traditional foods. In Japan, we have a custom that we eat a traditional food. Each traditional foods have meaning.
First, Kazunoko which is egg of herring means that posterity thrives. Long time age, there are a lot of farmhouse. People wanted a lot of children, especially male, because the young man have a big power to help their parents who are farmers. As a result, nowadays, Kazunoko is eaten as traditional food.
Second, Datemaki is made by egg, and it tastes so sweet. Long time ago, there is a shogun (a military commander), Masamune Date. The name of Datemaki derives from him. In addition, Datemaki means gorgeous life because he likes gorgeous things. In another hypothesis, the shape of Datemaki is like a Makimono which is a roll book written about important things. Therefore, Datemaki means successful academic results.
In the New year’s day, I can feel traditional Japanese life by eating Osechi. Thus, I like that holiday.