ひなまつり Hinamatsuri - Doll Festival or Girls' Day
March 3Girls' Day or Doll's Festival is celebrated on the March 3 each year. At this time families put the festive dolls out. They are usually set up around mid February, but the belief is that if they are not taken down by the March 3 their daughters will not marry.
The dolls are dressed in costumes that date back to the Heian period of time (794- 1192AD)
This festival is said to have started in the Edo Period (1603 - 1868). At that time the dolls were used as a form of lucky charm to ward of sickness and bad fortune. The practice at that time was to make paper dolls and float them in the river sending the bad fortune away. In the present time the decorative dolls are displayed and it is hoped that by displaying them the dolls will take away illness and bad fortune.
In Japanese family they often have a festival meal on March 3 and it is often the custom to ask a male friend to attend.
|Hishimochi (Sticky rice cake)|
|Chirashizushi (Mixed rice salad)|
|Hinaarare (Hard sweets)|