Hinamatsuri dolls festival
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On March 3rd, in Japan it is Hinamatsuri, otherwise known as dolls festival or girls day. The dolls though are not dolls that girls play with but are dolls that are displayed on a red cloth in the families homes. The dolls are displayed over 7 tiers, with the emperor and the empress on the top tier.
The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period from 794. Formerly people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. They would then set the hina dolls on a boat and float it down the river, supposedly taking the troubles or bad spiritswith them. Nowadays people pray for the happiness and prosperity of their girls.
The customary drink for the festival is amazake, a sweet non alcoholic version of sake. The customary food is coloured arare, bite size crackers flavoured with soya sauce.
Today my sons kindergarten held an event for this festival, where the children performs songs ,play musical instruments ( my son plays the drums) and perform a play with a female theme. Todays play was Peter Pan of course performed in Japanese.