New Year’s Decoration

A “Hatsu Shogatsu” literally means a celebration of a baby’s first New Year’s Day.
In order to pray for the child’s healthy growth and to ward off evil, hagoita and hamayumi are used to decorate.

Hagoita decorations are put up to wish for a girl to grow up healthy and beautiful.

Hamayumi are put up with a wish that boys grow up to be healthy and strong like an arrow that vanquishes evil.