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Baby crying contest in Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan (WKRC) -- Hundreds gather for a baby crying contest in Japan.

The event takes place each year on Children's Day. About 800 babies ages 6 to 18 months take part. People believe the loud cry of a baby will ward off evil spirits and bring healthy growth.
 
Babies are dressed in traditional festival coats and headbands. Two babies sit face-to-face and a referee shouts at them to make them cry.
The baby who cries first is the winner.

Some babies burst into tears before their bout begins. A few remain blissfully unaware.

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