Today is Girls Day or Hina Matsuri. Girl's Day is on March 3rd which is suppose to coincide with the blooming of peach blossoms. Peach blossoms symbolize a happy marriage and many "feminine traits". Parents and their daughters celebrate at home by displaying "ceremonial dolls" representing the emperor, empress and their many attendants. The dolls are passed on through generations and are beautifully decorated.
A couple of weeks ago, we went to my friend, Aki's house to see her daughter's girls day dolls. Seeing my friend's enthusiasm for the dolls and the bond between mother and daughter was so sweet and wonderful! I have memories of Girls Day from when I was a little girl. I remember the dolls clearly. I remember thinking how gorgeous and beautiful they were and how much I wanted to touch and play with them. The dolls are for display only. There is a great deal of excitement for a day that's yours alone! Seeing the dolls again brought back those old memories/feelings of wanting to touch and play with them and the mystery, awe, tradition, beauty and family bond embodied in these dolls.
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