雛祭り Japanese Holiday(Girl’s Day)

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!

やってまいりましたひな祭り。色んな文化ごちゃ混ぜで生活していると、その分祝日も増えるわけで、怠慢な私は結構祝日をスキップしちゃうんですが(旧正月に気をとられて節分忘れてたりとか)ひな祭りは去年忘れてて、今年こそは、と思ってたので、うちでパーティーしました。

お雛様は実家に置きっぱなし、シンガポールに持ってきたらかびそうで、怖くて持ってこられません(涙)そこでとりあえず家中をピンクで飾りたてて、子供達に自分でお雛様を作ってもらってそれを飾りました。ひな祭りのご馳走もそれなりに。プラスパパによるホットケーキのお絵かき余興で締め。これ食紅とかをホットケーキの素に混ぜて、ホットプレートで名前を描いたり、動物描いたりするアクティビティなんですが、子供が喜びます。ちょっとドクドクしい色になってしまう事もあるけど、たまにだからいいよね。

娘とお友達はおかしをいっぱい食べて上機嫌。でも寝かせるのに苦労したとい言う話も…夜遅く(730ゴロ? 普段なら寝る時間…)にホットケーキ食べたりしたからね。親sはシャンパンとビールでほっこり。妹がたまたまロゼのスパークリングワインを持ってきてくれてたので、エンジョイさせて頂きました。次はどの祝日やろうかな~。

ガールズとひなあられ Girls and the Hina arare

ガールズとひなあられ
Girls and the Hina arare

Chirashi Sushi cake  チラシケーキ

Chirashi Sushi cake
チラシケーキ

シャンパンがちょっと写ってる~。 Champagne in front of the kiddies

シャンパンがちょっと写ってる~。
Champagne in front of the kiddies

Everything as indeed pink.  ...note the little boy is not even in the photos....  He was hiding until the dad's showed up

Everything as indeed pink.
…note the little boy is not even in the photos….
He was hiding until the dad’s showed up

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