In Japan, March 3 marks the annual spring celebration called HINA MATSURI. A day to honor little girls and wish for their happiness, health and prosperity.
Part of the tradition calls for displaying a family's Hina Ningyo dolls. These are exquisitely dressed dolls that represent the Emperor, Emperess and their Courtiers. Most girls receive this doll set as a present from their grandparents when they are very little. The set is displayed in homes for this occassion, and taken down immediately after.
Look at this sweet photo of these young students ogling a public Hina Matsuri display in Japan:
(Photo Credit: Junko Kimura)
My husband is 1/2 Japanese, making our girls 1/4 Japanese. So yesterday, we had our own little Hina Matsuri celebration - albeit only a fraction of the celebration that it should have been.
We took out our own little handmade Emperor and Empress. (No courtiers have been made yet, as you can see.) We dressed (played) in our finest kimonos. Then we proceeded to enjoy our very American treat of milk and cookies.
My poor husband, who is outnumbered daily in our household had to ask: "When is it NOT girls day?"
oh so true...