In Japan (the original Girls’ Day) they no longer celebrate on March 3, but combine it with Boys’ Day in May. Hawaii still celebrates March 3 as Girls’ Day (Hina Matsuri.) The holiday is mostly observed by Japanese and Okinawan families in Hawaii.
Traditionally, girls receive gifts such as money or trinkets. Years ago in Japan the gifts included peach blossoms and paper dolls.
Elaborate Dolls given to Japanese girls at birth are kept in families and handed down through the generations. On Girls’ Day these dolls are displayed.
I remember celebrating Girls’ Day when I lived in Hawaii. Even though the traditional treat is a box of mochi cookies, the guys in our group of friends brought us a guava cake and we “pigged-out!”
The red roses here were not given to me to commemorate Girls’ Day, but for Valentine’s Day from my husband. Aren’t they beautiful?
For more information and some links to Origami, Festivals, and Dolls, check out these sites.
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