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The Doll Festival in Japan

Hina Matsuri or festival of Dolls, is a special holiday in Japan celebrated each year on March 3rd.
This is the day when  mothers and their daughters show handmade dolls to their friends. The shown dolls can be very old, saved and handover from generation to the next generation.

These dolls are then placed on special shelves, just made for the girls. The dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. The festival is a celebration of girls’ coming of age.

Origami emperors and empresses, and musicians are also made to celebrate the special day. Japanese girls dress up this day in their most beautiful dresses, or kimonos.

Click here to read more about the Japanese Doll Festival.

Click here for a video on how to make an emperor, and empress.