Each year on March, 3rd we celebrate Girl’s Day or Hinamatsuri. It’s a traditional Japanese festival brought to the islands by early Japanese immigrants and quickly adopted by everybody. The festival is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of young girls and has many specific traditions including displaying elaborated dolls, eating traditional food, and presenting girls with presents.
The Hawaiian Girl’s Day celebration
You can still find traditional Japanese Girl’s Day celebrations taking place in cultural centers such as the Kauai Japanese Cultural Society. But the islands adapted the festival and dedicated the day to all women. On this day, women receive traditional hishi mochi cookies (diamond-shaped colored rice cookies) and other treats. They may get a day off and enjoy a girls’ day at the beach, visit relatives, or have a girls-only party.
Today, girls and women receive the most precious gift: time to enjoy life and the tropical landscape of Hawaii. Girl’s Day reminds us to celebrate femininity in all its forms. From grace and aesthetics to motherhood and sisterhood, femininity is a mix of strength and sensibility.
On Girl’s Day, you’re encouraged to get your girlfriends and spend a day together. Treat yourself with a trip, dancing, yoga or an entire day at the beach. Visit your mother and grandmothers and enjoy their loving company. This day is about life, love, and profound connections. Allow yourself to smile, accept your body and spirit, and be thankful for the gift of life.
Even if it isn’t true that girls just want to have fun, from time to time they need a break from being students, mothers, employees, and businesswomen. Girl’s Day reminds them they are first of all women and celebrates the unique beauty that lies inside them. Don’t worry; boys have a day of their own. It’s called Boy’s Day and is celebrated on May, 5th.