Hina-matsuri(Doll Festival):March 3rd.

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 In Japan, we have the Doll Festival on March 3rd.  It is the day to pray for healthy growth and happiness for  girls.  It is also called Momo-no-Sekku or Peach Festival.  Long ago, people threw paper dolls into rivers and in the sea to drive away evil spirits with them.  People began displaying dolls called Hina-ninngyo in the Edo period.

Families with girls only display dolls which depict the imperial court.  They are dressed in beautiful ancient court costumes of Heian Era on a tier of 5 or 7 shelves.   A set includes dairi-bina(the Emperor and Empress), three kanjo(court ladies), five court musicians, two ministers and three servants. 

Nowadays, it is difficult to have space ready to display the full set of dolls, it is common to display only the dairi-bina.

At Cookery A-Five, the traditional dolls are displayed to wish the happiness for girls.  Please come and have a look! 

 On the day of Hinamatsuri, we eat traditional dishes like Chirashi Sushi and clam soup