Hinamatsuri-Doll Festival

Doll Festival 2020 Lady-01Hinamatsuri, or Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is celebrated on 3 March by Japanese girls. It is a festival to pray for the growth and happiness of young girls. The origin of Hinamatsuri festival came from the practice of o-harae, a Shinto purification rites. It is said that Izanagi, one of the mythical founders of Japan, purified himself in the river after visiting Yomi, the land of the dead. That was the source of o-harae. During the Heian period, o-harae was performed on the third day of the third month by means of transferring sins and misfortunes to dolls made of paper, wood, or straw called katashiro, and throwing them into the river or ocean. Continue reading