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Boys wore jackets with buttons down the front and one pocket. While still small, they wore split-seat trousers (or pants). Around the time when he was 10 or 12 years old, on the first day of Chinese or Kam New Year, a boy was summoned by his mother to change into his coming-of-age clothing. The whole family sat around there while the mother produced the new set of clothing for the son: a jacket with two pockets, or sometimes three, and a pair of closed trousers. During the previous month, the parents chose a bright sunny morning to invite an old man skilled as a barber to cut their son's hair in the open air outside their house. After these two changes, in hairstyle and clothing, the boy started to dissociate himself from the younger children.

Keywords: closed trousers; coming-of-age clothing; hairstyle; Kam New Year



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