The Japanese Doll Festival (or Girls' Day) is held on March the 3rd. Platforms with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendance and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.
Traditional, these dolls were believed to have the power to take bad spirits away. That is why they have to be taken down from the display soon after hinamatsuri ends. If the dolls are left up past March the 4th, it is said that it will result in a late marriage for the daughter.
Traditionally, girls in Japan invited their friends to a home party and had a good time. Many people still prepare a special meal for girls on this day. Common food for hina matsuri are chirashizushi, clam soup and sakura-mochi.
Hishimochi is a special kind of Mochi (rice cake) that is coloured pink, white and green. The pink is for chasing evil spirits away, the white is for purity and the green is for health.
Explanation of the dolls stand
A Japanese pop song by Minimoni about Hinamatsuri
Traditional Song for Hinamatsuri
See if you can try and sing along with the lyrics.