March 3rd is Dolls Day in Japan. It’s the day that families with girls express their wish for their daughters’ health.
Ayako wrote to me from Japan about the holiday…
I am at my mom’s house today. It’s Hinamatsuri day. My mom’s ohinasama [set of dolls] is pretty. My grandmother got them for my sister and me in our childhood and that is our tradition. My Mom said she should decorate it in a tier!
Now we are going to eat chirasizushi for ohinasama day!
Chirashizushi is a dish eaten for Hina Matsuri. It’s a bowl of sushi rice with thinly sliced fish and vegetables on top.
People used to believe little wooden or paper hina dolls could contain the evil spirits. They would throw the dolls in a stream or river to get rid of evil. It was seen as protection for girls. That’s why nowadays the day is an expression of good health for daughters.
To learn more about Hina Matsuri, you can read these blog posts:
Many thanks to Ayako Egawa for sharing her photo of her family’s ohinasama and for letting us know about her holiday!
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