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Happy Hinamatsuri Day 2017

Happy Hinamatsuri Day

Today, 3rd March, we join our hands in friendship with girls, wherever they live, who share a Japanese heritage.

Hinamatsuri, also called Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3.  Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.

Today, Yuno is celebrating Hinamatsuri and has come dressed in traditional court dress.  Her mummy has brought along her set of ornamental dolls, seen here in the picture, along with Yuno.  She has also, extremely generously, brought little dolls, representing the Emperor and Empress, for our Nursery children.

In addition to the costumed dolls, food and drink play a role on Girls’ Day, with rice wine and rice cakes taking centre stage, along with flower blossoms.

Don’t worry boys – on May 5th each year in Japan every child is remembered, when National Children’s Day is celebrated.  Do you think we should have a National Day for Children in the United Kingdom?  Let us know what you think!

 

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