March 8 in Japan. International women’s day. Holidays
In Japan March is generally considered women’s month is celebrated not only the eighth of March, but “Momo-but sekku” (peach blossom Festival), the famous Holiday girls, better known as “Hina Matsuri”, the doll Festival. Initially celebrated in the 3rd day of the 3rd month, as a seasonal event because at that time the peasants were relatively free from agricultural work and can enjoy the first warm days, when you started flowering peach trees.
According to the ancient traditions of the Heian period (794-1185 years) on 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, “nagsi-Bina” which was then taken to swim in the river or sea.
The wide spread of the holiday was in the 18th century, and its main purpose was added custom to arrange in homes where there are girls, shows a richly dressed dolls depicting the life and customs of the Imperial Palace. Now the custom has changed a bit: instead of paper dolls put ceramic figures dressed in silk clothes. On a special bookcase in the best room there is a set that is composed of dolls, passed on from generation to generation and new. 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 set includes no less than 15 dolls dressed in vintage multi-layer garment of red. The most valuable and richly adorned are dolls depicting the Emperor and Empress (0 -, Dairy -, and 0-Hime-sama) in the ancient silk ceremonial outfits.
Start exhibitions until 3 March, and after — is not desirable because according to legend, it can delay the hour of her marriage. Also decorated and the room itself: from the ceiling hung balls of artificial flowers cherry blossom and Mandarin wood. Each ball is decorated with hanging silk cord. Directly in the celebration, 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.
By the way, this is not the only day devoted to girls in Japan: 15 November each year is another holiday, but for those who are three and seven years. On this day girls dress up like dolls, in bright kimono, romanet them cheeks, do vintage hairstyles and lead to a Shinto Shrine to pray for sending the children good health and well-being. This holiday is associated with the fact that in samurai families to girls from the age of three was allowed to grow long hair, and seven years of age, wearing a kimono with a belt instead of lace.