Sunday, March 11, 2007

Doll's Festival / Farewell Party

March the 3rd is known as "Hina Matsuri" or the Doll's festival in Japan. It is traditionally a day to pray for young girls growth and happiness. Traditional dolls are displayed from about a month prior to this day and are put away immediately following the festival to ensure that the girls will marry early.... we kept ours up a little longer to ensure Emily stays single a little longer!
We combined the day with a "farewell party" for my friend, Sunny, and although there were a few more children present than had been originally planned the weather was perfect and everyone seemed to have a great time just running around outside all day. Of course making it a "potluck" party took all the pressure off me making lots of things and resulted in a huge variety of delicious food too. The cameras were present of course, but didn't get in the way too much, although I was wired the whole day....

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