Girls Holiday in Japan
During the festival girls dressed in beautiful kimono with a floral pattern and visit each other’s homes.
Girls day, or Hinamatsuri in Japan is celebrated as a national holiday since the 18th century, although the history of this holiday has more than a thousand years.
In girls ‘ Day (March 3) in Japan, it is customary to dress all babies in elegant kimono, to expose shelves traditional house with beautiful dolls, the girls led each other to visit, to treat rice delicious cookies and send along rivers paper dolls “Emperor” and “Empress”.
The tradition of the Day girls – Snakes of the day: paper dolls carry sorrow
In ancient times, the Japanese are very honored March 3 – “the third day of the third moon”, or Day of the snake – according to legend when followed to bring a paper doll, RUB it on the skin, then place in a wicker basket and float the river or stream, saying prayers that paper doll took way all sickness and misfortune. This ritual was usually performed by women or girls. Over time, paper dolls have become synonymous with the girls ‘ welfare, they wrote the names and thrown into the river, so freed the spirits of the younger daughter from troubles and problems.
The tradition of paper dolls down the river is preserved to this day in some prefectures of Japan, and the custom eventually grew into a beautiful national holiday.
Day Girls from a loving father: from the Imperial family to every girl
The transformation of the Day snake in a girls Holiday was promoted by one of the Japanese emperors of the dynasty of Tokugawa, who had many daughters. The Emperor was very fond of my girls, proud of them, gave a richly dressed dolls and introduced the custom to arrange in the “third day of the third moon” puppet exhibition, celebrating girls ‘ Day. Initially, such a day of dolls depicting the life of the Imperial court, was regarded as a festival for girls from the court circle, and then the tradition was passed to the people and even became an official state holiday – Day girls.
And although after the Second world war, the Holiday girls, or doll Festival, was excluded from the list of state and moved to discharge home. But on this day girls Holiday March 3 celebrates all of Japan.
The tradition of day of the girl child: the guests
In preparation for that Day the Japanese girls are starting early. Feb in Japan are fair – puppet, bazaars Hinaidi when you can not only buy necessary attributes for celebrating Hinamatsuri, but also to communicate with families, and girls – to meet new friends.
During the festival girls dressed in beautiful kimono with a floral pattern, go to each other in guests, accept and give gifts, arrange meals with special holiday treats – coloured biscuits made of rice and molasses, sweet sake, admiring the dolls. The ceremony on the Day of the Japanese parents allow girls to demonstrate to others that their daughter is perfectly well-mannered, speaks good manners and knows the rules of etiquette.
Dolls Day girls are brought up
When choosing a gift for a little girl, any of us, do not hesitate to opt for the doll. Why girls like dolls? Like one that you can dress up dolls according to your taste, others like to arrange the dolls role-playing game. But Japanese girls dolls special relationship.
Even the day before the Feast of dolls, each family where a teenage girl, puts on public display tiered stand covered with red cloth, on which in strictly certain order exhibit special dolls. The tradition of choosing the dolls and their placement on the stand has not changed for many centuries. Doll not intended for play, and girls know it. According to the Japanese dolls exhibition has a distinct educational value: the girl accustomed to restrain their whims and desires (to grab the doll and play with it), learns to admire, and to preserve valuable things.
Dolls Day girls – only on the shelves: On the Golden porch…
Embody the Holiday Japanese girls, first of all, dolls. This is a special dolls depicting members of the Imperial court. For their demonstration preparing red hanakazari stand with 5 or 7 tiers.
The upper tier is figures of the Emperor and Empress – the most expensive doll collection. Them seated against a gilt screens and dress up in silk and brocade clothing, and put on the Empress in 12 kimonos. Between the figures is placed on the base of the sacred tree decorated with paper festoons, and on each side of the puppet put lanterns.
Traditionally, the second tier is occupied by three figures of ladies-in-waiting holding utensils for pouring sake.
The third tier I put 4 figures of court musicians with different musical instruments and a doll-singer holding a fan.
The fourth tier usually occupy two figures of Ministers.
On the fifth put the warriors – one with swords, another with a bow and arrow, as well as figurines of servants.
Traditionally, the dolls must not be less than 15, but in modern interpretations shelves with dolls in girls ‘ Day adorns and fewer stylized dolls, invariably remain the main “the Emperor” and “Empress”.
Two tier usually take toy carts and palanquins for ladies, items of doll furniture and kitchen utensils, boxes, small trees in tubs, traditional rice cakes – mochi on painted plates.
All this multi-tiered structure decorated with petals of peach (celebration coincides with the beginning of flowering peach trees), paper lanterns.
Dolls for girls Celebration is often crafted from clay, wood, paper or porcelain, they are very expensive and passed down from generation to generation.
When the family a girl is born, the grandmother on the maternal side gives her the doll with the wish of health. The family starts to put the dolls in girls ‘ Day in the first year my daughter was born.
Exhibited dolls can be admired for about a month. Longer dolls to keep not accepted, otherwise the girl may stay with the marriage. By the end of the Celebration girls dolls carefully wrapped in paper, Packed in boxes and cleaned until next year.
“Here from the box came. Unless your face could I forget? Pair of holiday dolls?” ESA Buson Country: Japan