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Hina Matsuri is a Japanese doll festival, also known as Momo-no-Sekku the "Peach Festival." It is held every year on March 3rd and is a time during which people pray for the well being of young girls. The festival has its origins in a Chinese exorcism ritual in which people transferred evil spirits to doll surrogates (katashiro) by rubbing paper dolls on their bodies. They then threw the paper dolls into a river...   read more...

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