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Doll Festival

Festival for girls held on March 3. Tiered platforms for hina dolls (dolls representing emperor, empress, attendants, and musicians in ancient court dress) are set up in the home, and the family celebrates with a meal, eating rice cakes and drinking shirozake (made with rice malt and sake). Also called the Peach Festival, Girl's Day, and the Third Month Festival. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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