Princess Festival

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The festival

The Princess Festival (Japanese: ポケモンひなまつり Pokémon Girls' Festival) is a holiday celebrated annually throughout the Kanto region on March 3 (the date is not stated in the dub). It is the equivalent of the real-world Japanese holiday Hinamatsuri.

The festival

Like in the real world, it is traditional for girls to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor's Court. It is commemorated by various events, activities, and sales for girls only. During the Princess Festival, there are drastic discounts at stores and restaurants for women only.

The Princess Festival was featured in Princess vs. Princess. Misty and Jessie reminisced about past Princess Festivals, while competing for a prized Pokémon doll collection.

Queen of the Princess Festival contest

The Pokémon Princess Doll set

The Queen of the Princess Festival (Japanese: クイーンコンテスト Queen Contest) is an anime-exclusive, girls-only competition held once a year in O-Hina Town consisting of Pokémon battles.

Each Trainer must use exactly four Pokémon to battle. The contestants are split into two separate divisions, and the winner of each division proceeds to the finals. Additionally, every contestant wears a formal traditional Japanese outfit, usually a kimono and a hand-held fan. Before the actual competition, the contestants all stand in a row on stage as people gather to watch.

The prize for winning the contest is a brand new set of Pokémon Princess Dolls, and a photo with famous movie star Fiorella Cappuccino, who was also an announcer of the contest.

Misty and Jessie both entered the contest with borrowed Pokémon, with Misty borrowing Ash's Pikachu and Bulbasaur, as well as Brock's Vulpix, and Jessie borrowing James's Weezing. Jessie also had Meowth participating in the event under her command.

The two contestants made it all the way to the final round, where they had a fierce battle. In the end, despite Jessie using her new Lickitung as an unexpected fourth Pokémon, Misty emerged victorious with Psyduck, winning the Pokémon doll collection, which she later sent to her sisters at the Cerulean Gym.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 娃娃節 Doll Festival
Denmark Flag.png Danish Prinsessefestivalen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Prinsessajuhlat
France Flag.png French Fête des Princesses
Germany Flag.png German Prinzessinnenfest
Italy Flag.png Italian Giorno della Principessa
Poland Flag.png Polish Festiwal Księżniczki
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Festival da Princesa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Festival de la Princesa
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Prinsessfestivalen


Anime-exclusive Pokémon competitions
Multiregional Grand FestivalPokémon League ConferencePokéRingerWallace Cup
Kanto Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume ContestBig P Pokémon RaceCameran Palace Pokémon Competition
Indigo Plateau ConferenceKanto Grand FestivalP1 Grand PrixPokémon OrienteeringQueen of the Princess Festival
Johto Extreme Pokémon RaceFire and Rescue Grand PrixGrass TournamentMareep Festival
Pokémon Balloon RacePokémon Beauty ContestRock and Tumble One-on-One Tauros Competition
Seaking Catching DaySilver ConferenceSumo ConferenceSunflora FestivalTour de Alto MareWhirl Cup
Hoenn Ever Grande ConferenceHoenn Grand FestivalTrick House Contest
Sinnoh Croagunk FestivalHearthome City Tag Battle CompetitionHearthome CollectionLily of the Valley Conference
Pokémon Dress-Up ContestPokémon Ping Pong TournamentPokémon Summer Academy
Sinnoh Grand FestivalSinnoh Pokémon HustleTwinleaf Festival Battle Challenge
Unova Club BattleClubsplosionHarvest Festival Battle CompetitionPokémon World Tournament Junior Cup
Pokéstar Studios Filmmaking CompetitionVertress ConferenceWishing Bell Festival
Decolore Marine Cup TournamentPokémon Sumo TournamentScalchop King Competition
Kalos Lumiose ConferencePoké Puff ContestPokémon ShowcasePokémon Sky RelayPokémon Summer Camp
Alola Charjabug RacePokémon Pancake Race

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