For today’s trivia, we’re going to share information about “Hina Matsuri” or “Doll Festival”.
Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3.
Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. [source: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri]
This is a festive event held on March 3rd when hina ningyo dolls are decorated in homes where there are daughters. It is also called Momo-no-Sekku (Peach Festival). Displayed on the a tiered doll-stand are gorgeous hina ningyo dolls together with miniature articles and furniture. And offerings of diamond-shaped rice cakes, sweet and peach blossoms are made to accompany prayers for the healthy growth and happy future of the daughters. There is also the custom of cooking clams and short-necked clams, these dishes decorate the doll-stand and are served as a special dinner for this feast. [source: www.jnto.go.jp/…/attractions/event/tradi…/a70b_fes_hina.html]
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