3 March 2010

Doll's Festival


The Doll's Festival (Hinamatsuri) takes place on March 3. Hinamatsuri is a time to pray for the health and well being of young girls. Most homes with young girls will set up a display of dolls. Around the display dedications of peach blossoms, cube rice cakes, special colored and diamond shaped rice cakes, and white sake are made. This ceremony is similar to a Chinese ceremony in which the sins of the body are transferred to a doll that is then set adrift on a river. The celebration of this festival in Japan is traceable to the Edo Period (1603-1867).

3 comments:

Filomena Barata said...

Thanks!

A imagem é muito bonita também.

Madalena said...

I need more tha one doll to transfer my sins. I am a sinner, yes I am.... Kiss

CMP said...

: )