Originating in Japan, Girls’ Day is traditionally a festival to wish for the health and wellbeing of young girls. Although the day is celebrated differently here in Hawaii, we still like to give the girls a day all their own.
Hinamatsuri, also called Dolls’ Day or Girls’ Day, takes place every March 3 and is mostly celebrated by Hawaii families of Japanese and Okinawan descent. Early Japanese immigrants first brought the holiday to the Islands.
Following Girls’ Day tradition, elaborate dolls were given to Japanese girls upon birth, detailed with brocaded silk kimonos, fans and musical instruments. Young girls would display their dolls in arrangements up to seven tiers high.