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Hinamatsuri, also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a special day in Japan and it is celebrated each year on March 3 when ornamental dolls called hina-dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period are set for display and Zagreb will be able to enjoy this thanks to the Japanese Embassy and the Ethnographic Museum where hina-dolls will be exhibited from February 27 to March 3.

The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period.

Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (doll floating), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. 

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