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It continues to be very cold in NY.
Today’s blog is about “Hinamatsuri” in Japan.
Hinamatsuri is “ Dolls festival “ or “ Girls festival.”
It is also called “ Momono - Sekku” which means peach festival.
The event is on March 3.
Hinamatsuri is a day to pray for the health and growth of a young girl
in the family.
Q: How do they celebrate Hinamatsuri’s day?
A: Family with girls display a set of “Hina Ningyou,” which means Hina dolls from
Feb 24 to about March 1.
Q : Why do they display Hina Ningyou ?
What is its meaning?
A: Japanese people believed that Hina Ningyou take away bad luck from girls.
Q: How do they decorate Hina Ningyou?
A: Hina Ningyou depict the imperial court. The image is Heian period’s
Emperor court in Kyoto. Each Hina Ningyou represent Emperor, Empress,
their servants (three court ladies) and five musicians.
Q: What happens after Hina matusri is over?
A: People put away Hina Ningyou as soon as Hina matusri is over because it is
said that if the cleaning is delayed, the girl will get marry very late in the future.
Q: Hinamaturi is a girl’s festival, isn’t it? What kind of food do they eat for this day?
A: People eat these foods:
Chirashi-Zushi is a kind of decorated sushi with many scattered topping
such as a Salmon roe and Sashimi on vinegar rice.
Hishi-mochi (sticky rice) is a diamond shaped rice cake and their colors
are Pink, White and Green.
Hina-Arare are sweet bite-sized rice crackers/ The colors are Pink,
White and Green.
Q: Why Pink, White and Green?
A: It is said that pink means peach, white means snow and green means
Land. It represents the view of nature.
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