March 3: Peach Blossom Day

Peach Blossom Day is a Japanese holiday with  a lot of names – Doll Festival, Girls’ Day, and Hinamatsuri.

Girls Festival [image credit katorisi at wikimedia commons]

Originally, Hinamatsuri was a religious holiday of sorts, in which people put dolls in miniature boats and sent them out to sea in order to get rid of their troubles.

Nowadays, the holiday does involve large displays of dolls, but is frequently used as a celebration of all things girly. Since the peach trees are usually blooming at this time in Japan, the blossoms are a large part of the celebration.

Happy Girls’ Day!

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:30

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