Monday, March 03, 2008

Girls Day




Today was Girl's Day (Hinamatsuri - Doll's Festival) here in Japan. It wasn't a national holiday but a day to pray for young girl's growth and happiness. Families with girls may display dolls and peach blossoms such as those above. A traditional set of dolls can be very expensive - some full sets cost more than a million yen. However, since many Japanese live in small houses, a royal couple version (with only the Emperor and the Empress dolls) is popular nowadays. I was given this version in clay by a friend for Jazz and Dixie. There are also many kinds of sweets and festive foods eaten as well. I usually can't resist the gorgeous sweets that look almost too good to eat.
The song for this day is translated as;
Let's light the lanterns
Let's set peach flowers (on the 5th tier from the top)
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
(third tier from the top)
Today is a joyful Dolls' Festival.


12 comments:

The Army of Four said...

I read too fast and thought you said it was "Girl Girl Day". Wowzers.
We loved learning about Girl Day, though!!! :)
Play bows,
Zim

River said...

There are some fantastic traditions over there in Japan - thanks for sharing another one with us - and Happy Girls Day to you and the girls!

River

Lorenza said...

Hi, girls!
Sure this is a very nice tradition! Thanks for sharing it with us.
I hope you had a happy Girls day!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Woh Girls' Day sounds pawsome. I wonder if I get double celebration since I'm Girl girl hee hee

~ Girl girl

Jackson said...

Hope you Girls had a great day! good to see that you can celebrate a day as well, since boys have their day. Yes you have some great traditions. Cheers M.

umekotyan said...

Good evening jazz.
It is a gorgeous tier stand at Hinamatsuri.
And, savory Hishimochi and.
Wonderful sweet drink made from fermented rice at Hinamatsuri. :)

from loved ume tyan

Hammer said...

Hi Jazz and Dixie
Hope you enjoy your sweets.
Love from Hammer

Pippa said...

Hiya J&D
I must have read this and forgotten to comment. I am sorry about that. I like to read about your traditions and think it is lovely that someone has given you a clay version.

I hope you had a lovely day.

Pippa

e said...

Hi Girls!!
Long time no bloggin and eve is well behind on her blog updates.
all is well with us here.
Fei might be getting a homestay friend in summer so that should be exciting!

That loofah dog is cute!!
Eve

Harry said...

Happy girl day. Those sweets look so yummy!

Nibbles
Cassidy x

Xsara ... said...

I think it's a beautiful holiday, so nice to celebrate girls. I love it!

Eddie N Peaches said...

Thank you for sharing your cultural traditions. We like girls day! Why don't we celebrate it here in the U.S.?
Whoofs & Baroos,
Eddie, Peaches & Bella