When you are living in and with three different cultures, you have as three times as many holidays to cover. I end up missing a lot of them, but the one I missed last year and wanted to make up for this year was the Japanese Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day. In Japan, celebrate the health and happiness of girls on March 3rd. (Don’t worry, we have Boys’ Day on May 5th) We had couple of girls (+ one boy) come over for a small party to celebrate the holiday.
For Hinamatsuri, Japanese families often celebrate by displaying lavish dolls representing a wedding in the Heian period. The dolls often get passed down for generations. We have the dolls my grandfather bought for our mother long time ago. Alas, we cannot bring the dolls to Singapore since we’re afraid of mold, so we decided to do simple arts & crafts and make the dolls ourselves. We displayed the dolls, had the girls day feast and finished with daddy writing each kid’s name with pancake batter on a pan. This is one of my favorite rainy day and party activity. Some food coloring involved, but it’s something different and fun.
Lots of sweets and sugar that day but the girls + 1 boy loved it. We pinked up our apartment for girls day with pink paper, fake flowers on the mirror and pink lanterns hanging on the ceiling. Nina enjoyed the party, so it was well worth it. Mila crashed pretty early that day. I consider that a success.
We had few bottles of champagne and some beer for the parents. My sister had brought Rose sparkling wine. Perfect for the occasion!