Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) in Japan

On March 3rd, Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) is celebrated in Japan. This is a day when families with little girls wish "health and happiness" for them. Hina refers to the kind of dolls traditionally put on display for the celebration. Matsuri means "festival" in Japanese. Putting them together, Hinamatsuri means something like, "Hina-doll Day". However, Hinamatsuri is commonly referred to as "Girls' Day" in English. Continue reading