【March 3rd】 Meaning and origin of the peach festival (Hina Matsuri) & how to celebrate


March 3rd is “Momo Festival (Hina Matsuri)”. It is famous for an event for girls, but many people probably do not know the meaning in detail.

“Peach’s festival” is one of the five festivals that are in line with the Nanakusa, Tango and Tanabata. At this time, I will introduce “meaning and origin of Momo Festival (Hina Matsuri)”, and “how it is celebrated.”

The meaning and origin of the peach festival (Hina Matsuri)

“Momo festival” was originally referred to as “festival of Umeda”, which was the first day of “Mi” in March, but it was decided later on March 3 .

In China they had a habit of purifying ourselves on the waterfront on this day. It was handed down to Japan in the Heian era, a practice of transferring his troubles to a rustic doll (people) made of plants, paper and straw, and “Hina Play,” which began among the aristocratic children It became a custom of “sinking chicks” that pulls dolls and exiles by shedding dolls (seals) to the sea and river.

Eventually, when Uemoshi’s festival is decided as one of the five festivals in the Edo period, while May 5 is a boy ‘s festival, March 3 is a girl’ s festival, since peaches and dolls are used, It is said that it was established and called “peach festival” “chick festival”.

What came to be called “peach festival” is that peach blossoms bloom around March 3rd of the lunar calendar, and peaches were supposed to have the effect of amulet.

Hina dolls have a role to undertake the daughter ‘s troubles, so it seems that there is a desire to be able to grow beautifully and to live a happy life without causing disaster.

Eat peach festival food

We celebrate the food of the peach festival (Hina Festival).

〇 Rice cake: It is overlaid with red rice cake of green of rice, white of rhubarb, red flower of rhubarb, and it is wishing for healthy growth by the effect of mischief · cleanness · maldor disorder.

〇 Hare Hina: Kansai style is a fried rice cake cracked and deep fried, but the Kanto style has its original grain covered with rice grains, which represents the spirit of frugality.

〇 White sake: Originally I wished for a hundred years old (Momo tomo) with “peach flower” with peach petals on it, but white wine made it in the Edo period and it was established.

○ Capriccio: I will make you a squid. Because only the shells of the pair are suitable for the capitalism, we hope that you can join together with a compatible partner and get along with each other.

○ Chopsticks Sushi: Prawns of long-lived prayers, wishes for a good-looking life, beans that wish for healthy diligence, etc. We will glimpse the auspicious mountain seafood fortunately.

Learn about the peach festival

Why do not you tell your child the meaning and origin of the event while decorating the dolls and receiving the unique food on this day.

If you understand that every single one has meaning, you may be interested in things you casually touched. It would be a good opportunity to learn about traditional Japanese events.

This time, I introduced the meaning and origin of the peach festival (Hina Matsuri) and how to celebrate. There are other unique ways of celebrating depends on the area, so you may wish to touch on the unique customs of the land.

The important thing is the desire for a healthy growth of children. Why do not you hope for the happiness of your child while cherishing the thought put in the event?

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