Hina Matsuri is a holiday celebrated in Japan every year on March 3. This holiday is also known as the “Festival of Dolls” or “Festival of Dolls” due to the tradition of displaying porcelain dolls called hina-ningyō. This holiday is celebrated to honor young girls and wish them a happy and prosperous life.
The tradition of Hina Matsuri dates back centuries, but it evolved over time into the event we know today. The first hina dolls were terracotta or wooden figurines and were used for religious ceremonies. Over time dolls became more decorative and were made of porcelain to become the collectibles we know today.
Hina dolls are a central part of the Hina Matsuri celebration. There are several different doll sets, but the most common include a pair of imperial parents, servants, musicians, and samurai. The most elaborate doll sets can include up to 15 different pieces. The dolls are often dressed in traditional kimonos and elaborate hairstyles, and are displayed on a platform called a hina-dan. It happens very often, that one can be satisfied only with the imperial couple
At the very top is the Emperor on the left and the Empress on the right.
On the second level are arranged three court ladies carrying bottles of sake.
on the third step stand four musicians and a singer.
On the three lower levels are present various characters.
The Hina Matsuri celebration also includes other elements such as traditional songs and dances, as well as special meals prepared for the occasion. Japanese families can also organize private parties for their only daughter, where they can invite their friends and family to celebrate. During this festival, we traditionally drink traditional low-alcohol or non-alcoholic beers made from rice, and we eat hina arare, rice-based cookies, and sushi. According to belief, the dolls must be put away on the evening of March 3, otherwise the daughter of the house will not be able to marry for a year.