Hina-matsuri: Girls’ Day or Doll’s Day

Hello!  Today is March 3rd, the day the Japanese observe Hina-matsuri, a type of doll festival or girls’ festival.  It is an event where families display ornamental dolls on a red carpet covered platform, sometime before the holiday, and girls would celebrate with a party, enjoying the company of friends, sweets and traditionally drink shirozake, a mildly sweet non-alcoholic rice wine.

Some years back, I visited an art institution when they had a Japanese cultural exhibit.  There were a variety of topics, including demonstrations of furoshiki,ikebana, obi tying and, of course, Hina-matsuri.  While I was there I took a few pictures of the display.  The dolls on top represent the Emperor and Empress, the next being attendants, musicians, etc.

This tradition apparently continues until a girl reaches the age of 10 years.  But while they are in the qualifying years, they get to enjoy this display for a single day, or perhaps for the whole month of March. 

A little detail I find amusing about Girls’ Day, though, is that there is a superstition that the longer the dolls are kept out, past March 3rd, the longer it will take for the girls (daughters) to marry.  So if a family decides to leave the display out, who knows how the girl’s future will be. ^^


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!  I hope your holiday has been fun.  For me, the day had been a busy one filled mostly with Halloween preparations.  Thankfully I did a majority of my seasonal decorations at the beginning of the month so it didn’t take too long for that. ^^;  I spent the day making pumpkin spice scones, carving pumpkins, roasting pumpkin seeds, tidying the house, displaying my Halloween teas, and finalizing everything before my guests arrived. 

For the party, everyone wore glow necklaces; watched the 1931 version of Dracula; ate pizza, scones and tea, and candy; then played a couple rounds of Tripoly (it’s lots of fun!).

My favorite part of the season (besides drinking hot cider and listening to Autumn music) has been assembling a collection of spoopy (spooky cute) accessories.  I have had so much fun getting Halloween accessories from Etsy sellers to get in the spirit of the season.  Besides, how could I say no to such deliciously spoopy jewelry?  They look so sweet on my dresser.

All in all, the party was a success.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and had their fill of sweets.  I most certainly did!

Have a fun and safe night! (^3^)