Japan: Hina-Matsuri Doll Festival

March 3rd in Japan is a doll lover’s dream. Also known as Girls’ Day,the Hina-Matsuri or doll festival takes place every year. The holiday can be traced back to ancient Japan and involves the purification ritual of getting rid of bad luck and sin.

In Ancient Times, some regions of Japanese people created paper doll doppelgangers. Called Kata Shiro, the dolls would be rubbed across the body to absorb negative energy, sickness, sin, and all other forms of imperfections. Once “full,” the dolls were cast into a body of water to take all impurities with them. READ MORE