In Japan the ‘Hinamatsuri’ (Girls’ day) is celebrated every year on 3rd March. Parents celebrate their daughters’ happiness, growth and good health on this day. This festival had its origin about 1,000 years ago in the Heian Period (794-1192).
The primary aspect of Hinamatsuri is the display of seated male and female dolls which represent usually the Emperor and Empress of Japan. These may be intricately carved three-dimensional dolls and elaborate displays or simply pictures or folded paper.
To honour this beautiful Japanese custom we decided to make some paper dolls at Playgroup. After some dancing with balloons which was our Western Touch to this festival, we chose some beautiful papers and started to fold !
Most of the children and some of the mothers had never done origami, so it was quite challenging, but everyone enjoyed the activity very much.