Around early March, the cold weather starts to get warmer, the sun shines longer, birds start chirping in the early morning, the hibernating trees start waking, the daffodil buds start to pop-up & the deer start coming back out. This is just about the time Hinamatsuri or Girl's Day is celebrated every year on March 3rd in Japan. Any day dedicated to celebrating girls is a special day, although at Key To Teas, we celebrate women and girls all year long. Hinamatsuri (which can be translated to Doll's Celebration) is one of five seasonal festivals throughout the year.
The primary way to celebrate is to put an Empress and Emperor Doll on a pedestal adorned with auspicious red cloth and surrounded by other dolls representing ladies of the court during the Heian period (794-1185) as well as musicians, attendants and all the glory of a celebratory wedding.
Traditional foods enjoyed at this time are multi-colored rice crackers in green, pink & white as well as sushi, rice cakes and clam soup. At Key To Teas, we're celebrating by sharing a Tri-color Tea Cookie recipe using you guessed it, Matcha, Vanilla & Freeze Dried Berries for the classic green, white & pink colors!