Hina Matsuri – Japanese Girls’ Day
Why is this gorgeous baby girl smiling from ear to ear? She is happy because March 3rd is Hina Matsuri (Girls’Day) in Japan! (Special thanks to Kunie Hiyamizu for this photo via Flickr.)
Also known as the Doll Festival, Hina Matsuri is a day when Japanese families celebrate the girls in their lives. Traditionally, hina dolls are displayed on multiple tiers to depict a royal wedding with the Emperor and Empress at the top, three court ladies serving sake on the next level, followed by musicians, ministers, then additional members of the court. Many displays feature intricately hand-painted porcelain or wood dolls dressed in elaborate silk robes.
In many homes, the Hina Matsuri shrine is kept more simple with only the Emperor and Empress displayed but the effect is the same, little girls feeling very special on this lovely holiday.