In Japan March 3 is a Girl’s Day. Families with daughters in Japan celebrate the day to wish for a happy healthy life for their daughters. When the first daughter of the family is born, either the parents or grandparents purchase Hina Dolls before the first Girl’s Day celebration. In our case, my parents in Japan bought the whole set of Hina Dolls .
Most families get the Hina Dolls out at the end of February and put away the dolls at the end of the day on the 3rd of March, the day of the Girls Day. It is said in Japan that if the families don’t put away the dolls on the 3rd, the daughters will have trouble getting married. I spent a good hour getting the dolls out and putting those away will be another an hour and a half. It’s a task, but when my girls are older, it would be fun to decorate and put away with them which will give me an opportunity for me to teach them a tradition from Japan.
I asked my parents not to get a whole 7 tiered set because we move every two to three years and there is no guarantee that all of our shipment arrives safely every time we move and it also takes up a lot of space to decorate as well as to store. Of course, despite my advice, just like many parents do, my parents did what they thought was the best for us. (Now being a parent, I’m afraid that I do the same…) At first I was overwhelmed with the responsibility to keep these dolls from getting ruined, but now I appreciate my parents’ thoughts and love for our kids. Thanks to them my daughters can also show their friends from other cultures what Girl’s Day is about in Japan by showing the dolls and they are proud of them.
I need to take a photo of my girls standing next to the Hina Doll Set to see how much they’ve grown each year. My second child, 3-year-old, is still shorter than the Hina set this year.