Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hinamatsuri- Doll Festival

Dear Ainsley,

On March 3rd Japan celebrates "Hinamatsuri".  Hinamatsuri is "Doll Festival" or "Girls' Day" and it is a time to celebrate the important girls in one's life.

Traditionally, dolls were sent floating down the river as a way to send the bad spirits away.

Today, Japanese celebrate by putting out a special display of dolls.  The dolls are always on raised stairs and the stairs are covered with red carpet.

This is a picture of a doll display in The American School in Japan.  Below this picture is an explanation of some of the dolls and a video link if you would like to watch.


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