March 7, 2017 9:16 am | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
Japan is undeniably one of the countries in the world that has a very rich and distinct culture.
From food, to ceremonies, to fashion and festivals.
Celebrated annually on every 3rd day of March is the Hina matsuri or doll dfestival. It is a traditional event in Japan to celebrate good health, wealth, happiness and growth for young girls in Japan. Parents, especially those with daughters celebrate Hina matsuri by putting dolls on their windows or shelves and offer food to the hina dolls.
Hina matsuri is also one of the many Japanese festivals celebrated in Tochigi International Education Institute (TIEI) to implement culture immersion which is one of TIEI’s goal.
One of their activities during their 2 hour celebration of Hina matsuri is Origami, a Japanese art of paper folding. The students made dolls out of art paper and decorated their classroom with their handmade paper dolls.
The event was celebrated with a bountiful meal and their version of Chirashizushi, genji pie and Okaki or rice crackers which is famously offered to the Hina dolls during doll’s day.
The Hina matsuri started during the Edo period, it served as their way of warding off evil spirits. It is believed that the girls must put away their dolls immediately after the festival or they have to face the curse of not being able to marry for a long time.
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