Girls Holiday in Japan or Hina Matsuri – holiday of Hina dolls or Momo-but the secca – the feast of the flowering peaches
In the framework of the celebration of Hina Matsuri are a few different traditions. One of them dates back to the Heian era (794-1185), this day in noble families were invited exorcists who have made special prayer services, aimed at all the troubles people have switched to paper dolls, which were then taken to swim in the river or sea. These dolls were called “nagashi-Bina” dolls, lowered for the river.
Originally the feast was celebrated only at court and among the military class, but soon spread quickly and the people. National doll festival began in the 18th century, then we add a custom to arrange in homes where there are girls, shows a richly dressed dolls depicting the life and customs of the Imperial Palace.
This tradition continues to this day. Now this is not a paper doll, but a real work of art of ceramics and silk, dressed in luxurious clothes. Hina dolls are not for everyday games, they are usually put in the Central room of the house on a special bookcase – hindana, and just a few days admiring them. Some of these sets of dolls are very expensive and are transmitted in the family from generation to generation. Usually, when the family a girl is born, parents buy a new set of dolls, which is then supplemented those dolls that they give relatives and friends.
Typically, the kit includes at least 15 dolls dressed in vintage multi-layer garment of red. The most valuable and richly adorned are dolls representing the Emperor (o-Dairy-sama) and Empress (o-Hime-sama) in the ancient silk ceremonial outfits. Exhibition of dolls ready for 3 March and last for about a month.
There is a belief that it is impossible to make the dolls for long, because it alienates the welcome hour of marriage, therefore all items are carefully Packed and stored until next year. By 3 March and decorate the room where you’ll be exhibition of dolls: from the ceiling hung balls of artificial flowers cherry blossom and Mandarin wood. Each ball is decorated with hanging silk cord.
On this day the girls dressed kimono, like real ladies, visit each other’s homes, give and receive gifts, ate special sweets and admire the dolls. So in such a fun form girls are taught the rules of etiquette, the concept of the character traits that you must possess the woman, and the ability to cherish valuable things, controlled his desires and whims. Thus, in the tradition of Hina Matsuri perfectly wonderful game, poetic perception of the world and traditional upbringing.
And flowers of peach (Momo), which gave another name to the holiday in Japan also symbolize women’s gentleness, kindness, gentleness, and, consequently, a happy marriage. Not by chance the holiday Hina Matsuri is played quite a lot of weddings.
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