The Japan Society

Hina-matsuri - The Doll Festival (March)

Subject: Geography / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 2
Age: 7-11 years
Resource Type: Activities / Presentations / Lesson Plans / Videos / Other

Hina-matsuri is a festival to celebrate the health and happiness of girls and is celebrated every March. It is common to see public displays of ornamental dolls dressed in Heian-era fashions. This lesson introduces the Doll Festival to students and its associated foods, decorations, and customs.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about the food, decoration and customs associated with Hina-matsuri; a festival for girls in Japan.


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