hina matsuri

March 3 is Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girls’ Festival), when people pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside the house. They offer rice crackers and other food to the dolls.
http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/calendar/march/hinamatsuri.html

empress and emperor origami dolls
http://www.tammyyee.com/origamidoll.html
empress origami doll - tammyyee.com

kimono doll bookmark
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/kimono-doll-bookmark-coloring-page/
kimono doll bookmark - crayola.com

simple origami doll
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/origami/doll/
origami doll - enchanted learning.com

more intricate japanese origami doll
http://guidinguk.freeservers.com/japanesedoll.html
http://guidinguk.freeservers.com/origamidoll.gif

and in case you don’t have origami paper lying around the house,
printable origami paper
http://www.thekhans.me.uk/origami/paper.php#new

quick hina matsuri-inspired recipe:
http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/jshoaf/Jdolls/hinafood.html

  1. make a little baskets from oranges by cutting two wedges from the top of the orange to leave a½ inch strip for the handle across the top
  2. remove the flesh of the orange
  3. cut the segments into pieces
  4. toss with pieces with orange-flavored jello cut into flower shapes and refill the cups
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