On March 3 of each year, the Japanese celebrate a festival which is called "Hinamatsuri".
For the girls' healthy growth, people of families or in the town will take a variety of activities to celebrate such festival. Then, what will do on Hinamatsuri? Let's learn about it together.
It is said that by dressing up dolls, the girls' misfortune can be transferred to them, and the girls will attain happiness.
The foods eating on Hinamatsuri have their own corresponding meanings.
①Chirashizushi：ingredients flavored on the sushi rice have different meanings. For example, shrimp means "health and longevity until you can't stand up straightly", lotus root means "everything goes smoothly in the future", and beans means "work hard in the life healthily".
②Ushiojiru：The shells of clam are linked closely which contain the expression of parents' good will that "their daughter can marry a good man in the future".
③Hina-arare: In ancient times, the aristocratic girls had the custom to bring the dolls to the riverside and wilderness and enjoy the spring scenery with them. Then, the Hina-arare would be eaten at that time.
④Hishimochi：pink represents exorcism, white represents purity, green represents health.
In the evening of March 3, the Hinamatsuri, the doll which is set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea is called "doll floating".
It contains the meaning of carrying away one's troubles or bad spirits.
If you come to Japan in early March, you might be as well to learn about
some things related with Hinamatsuri.