On 3rd and 4th of May, people in Hakata parade through the streets clapping wooden spoons and dance on stages and squares. Some 600 groups, involving more than 30,ooo people, are decked out in colorful costumes, and 2 million spectators flock here to watch and sometimes participate in the dance. The parade of abundantly decorated vehicles (hana jidousha) can also be viewed.
The event has 800 years of history, dating back to the 12th century, when people put up dancing performance in New Year. The dancing event was enjoyed both in the samurai and merchant districts in the Edo era (1603-1868). Since 1871, the dance has been called Dontaku, derived from a Dutch word Zondag meaning "Sunday" or "holiday". The event dates currently fall during the Golden Week, a series of national holidays from late April to early May.
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