What is Hinamatsuri and Where is it Celebrated in Singapore?

03 March 2016

Have you heard about this festival celebrated by the Japanese community? 

 

Every year on March 3, girls in Japan celebrate Hinamatsuri (also known as Doll Festival or Girl’s Festival), with an elaborate display of traditional dolls in their homes. 

The festival is celebrated for families to pray for their daughters’ happiness, health and success. Superstition has it that the dolls have to be taken down and put away immediately after the festival is over or the girls will marry late in life. 

 

Read more about Hinamatsuri here and watch how a hina doll display is set up here

Here’s US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy with a display!

 U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo's Facebook page

Source: U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo’s Facebook page

 

In Singapore, you can usually view a display of these dolls (known as hina ningyo) at Liang Court, and this year, there’s even one with dolls made of nano blocks

Liang Court in singapore

Liang Court’s Facebook page

 

MEIDI-YA supermarket at Liang Court is also offering these pretty and intricately designed snacks for a limited time to celebrate Hinamatsuri.

 

Meidi-Ya Supermarket

Liang Court’s Facebook page

 

Muneerah Bee, March 2016

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