|Hina Matsuri card|
Yesterday in Japan it was Hina Matsuri, also known as Girls' Day or Doll's Day. During February, families with daughters will set up a lavish display of dolls in the hope of their daughter making a good marriage. The main celebration is on the 3rd of March and if you leave the dolls up past the 4th then it is considered bad luck.
The traditional display is made up of seven platforms, with the Emperor and Empress at the top and then the attendants and the musicians. I don't own a full set but I do have the Emperor and Empress, however they are in England! I did get sent a really nice Hina Matsuri card though.
On this day the main tradition is the dolls, however we also had a special meal. We ate yellow, green, pink and beige rice balls. This isn't a typical tradition but these colours are representative of the start of spring. We also ate salad and miso soup.
Then we had some really pretty Hina Matsuri sweets, they almost looked too good to eat. Almost. We also drank ama zake, a type of sweet sake made from rice. We finished off with Hina Arare which are small, colourful crackers with a variety of flavours.
I think it`s nice that in Japan there is a day of celebration just for girls. Do you know of any other countries which have celebrations like this?
|Spring rice balls|
|Hina Matsuri sweets|
|Sake and Hina Arare|