Memories of Girls Day were always fun. The boys would put up our chairs at the end of the day in grade school. We'd be first in the lunch line. As we got older, our boyfriends got us little gifs and mochi with little love notes for the holiday. But what IS Girl's Day? I really had no idea. So of course, I did what I always do when I'm stumped - I asked Siri...
Girl's Day, or Hinamatsui, is celebrated annually on March 3. The Japanese holiday began long ago when they would float Hina dolls down the river as they believed that the dolls embodied evil spirits and bad luck. Sending them down the river would ensure safety and happiness for their children. Now the custom is to display the dolls in February and take them down no later than March 3. Superstition says that if you leave dolls on display longer, the daughter in the house will get married late in life.
You learn something new everyday! Of course there are other stories and a more detailed explanation of the dolls, etc. If you'd like to learn more, I'm sure Siri would be more than happy to help :)
So as custom here in Hawaii‘i, we make pink, yummy chi chi dango! Stop by our store today to get this snack while shopping! If you don't get a chance to stop by, here's the recipe. Its very simple!
1 box mochiko
1 can coconut milk
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
potato starch for after its done and cut!
Oil and flour a 9x13 pan. Mix ingredients (everything except potato starch) and pour into pan. Bake at 350 degrees covered with foil for one hour. Cut with a plastic knife (less sticky) and powder each piece with potato starch. Enjoy!