Hina-matsuri or the Festival of Dolls

This festival celebrates the daughters in the family, and the day is used to pray for the growth and happiness of the young girls. 

The families with girls display special dolls and dedicate peach blossoms to them. 

These dolls are either handed down from generation to generation, or


the parents or grandparents buy them for the girl for her first Festival of the Dolls. 

There is a superstition that if the dolls are not put away very soon after 3rd March, the daughter will get married late. 

The special dishes for the festival include diamond-shaped rice cakes.  They are coloured red (to chase evil spirits away) white (for purity) and green (for health). 

The Festival of the Dolls originated from an ancient practice where the sin of the body and misfortune are transferred to a doll, and then removed by abandoning the doll on a river.

Last modified on Friday, 14 February 2014 07:58

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