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What is hinamatsuri?

This is the girls' festival on March 3, when the birth of girls is celebrated and wishes are expressed for their future happiness.
Hinamatsuri is the day on which hina ningyo, a set of dolls dressed in ancient costumes, are displayed together with peach blossoms as decoration.
A sweet drink made from rice called shirozake is offered.
The original form of this custom was to purify oneself in water, but later paper dolls were used instead of people bathing themselves.
In the Edo period (1600-1868), paper dolls became more sophisticated ones, now called hina ningyo.