Hina-matsuri, Girls' Day in Japan

3rd of March is the Girl's Day or Doll's Day called Hina-matsuri in Japanese. The origin of this festival comes from cerebrating on the double odd number days such as 3rd March, 5th May, 7th July according to "The way of Ying and Yang" in ancient China. It became annual event in the 8th - 11th century AD.

(Photo: soup with Asiatic hard clam)

On this day, the families who have a daughter put special dolls out and cerebrate the healthy growth of the girls. There are at least a couple, which is a prince and princess. In traditional version, there are some other dolls that represent mucisians, the servants and so on. They are ofen in the living room or where the fmaily gathers for a month from early February to early March.

(Photo: Hishi-mochi rice cake)

People eat some special food such as soup with Asiatic hard clam, Chirashi Zushi (a type of Sushi eaten in Japan), Hishi-mochi rice cake (3 layered with pink, green and white colors), Arare (bite-sized rice crackers) also with the same 3 colors, and drink Amazake (sweet half-sake with low alcohol).

(Photo: Arare)

Another characteristics of this event is that people decorate the room with the peach flower. 

(Photo: Chirashi-Zushi)

As you can see, in this occasion lacquerwares and ceramics are often used. 




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