Hinamatsuri is the Japanese Doll Festival also known as Girl’s Day(: It’s actually on March 3rd, but I didn’t have time to post yesterday 🙁
Anyway……Girl’s Day is a seasonal Japanese event where families celebrate with young daughters to ensure their future happiness. In my family we do celebrate Girl’s Day in somewhat of a traditional fashion. My Stepdad is full Japanese and both of my grandparents on his side are still alive so they make certain that the customs are passed down to the next generation. Families observing this day usually display ceremonial dolls that represent the Emperor and his court. These dolls are usually passed down through the generations and dolls are added with the birth of girls and are generally only displayed during the time of the festival, then carefully packed away until the next year. The doll set that is displayed for my family is actually my great-grandmother’s and is displayed at my grandmother’s house. The picture above is just a picture I found online of the average set of Kokeshi Dolls (I forgot to snap one of my grandma’s set). Many of these sets can grow to well over 15 dolls.Additionally, it is customary to give gifts to the girls as well as eat mochi.
This year my mom and dad “killed two birds with one stone” by getting me mochi as my girl’s day gift. hahaha.(:
Oh! and don’t worry boys, you have a festival too(;