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Japanese House: Make Origami Hina-dolls to Celebrate Girls' Day

  • 01 Mar 2017
  • 02 Apr 2017
  • Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

March 1, 2017–April 2, 2017

Boston Children's Museum

Hina-matsuri (Girl’s Day, or the Doll Festival) is celebrated on March 3rd every year to honor girls.  Families with daughters display special dolls called Hina-ningyo in their homes and wish for health and happiness for their daughters’ future on this day.

The origin of Hina-matsuri can be traced back to medieval times. In the olden days families used the dolls as talismans to keep bad luck away from their daughters. Later on, it became popular for wealthier families to display a set of elaborate dolls for their daughters. This is similar to how Hina-ningyo are displayed today.

In the Japanese House this month, a set of Hina-ningyo, a gift from Kyoto, Japan, is on display.  You can also enjoy making your own origami Hina-ningyo decoration to take home.


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