Hakata Dontaku Festival
Hakata Dontaku Festival, the name Dontaku is a corruption of the Dutch word
Zontag, meaning Sunday.
The festival is said to have started as a New Year parade of merchants going
to the local lord’s residence to celebrate. It is held on May 3 and 4 in Hakata,
About 30,000 of local townspeople take part, and its attractions include the
traditional Matsuribayashi parade, a fancy-dress parade and a shamoji band.
gods Fuku-no-Kami, Ebisu and Daikoku, on horseback.
It is believed in Fukuoka that babies carried under the kasahoko will grow up strong
spatulas used for serving rice.