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Japanese Holidays   

1     In Japan, there are two holidays specially dedicated to children. The first one is Girl's Day, celebrated on March 3rd. It is also known as Doll's Festival or Peach Blossom Festival. The second one is Boy's Day, celebrated on May 5th. It is also known as Children's Day.
 
2     Let's learn a bit about the origins and traditions of these two interesting holidays.
 
3     Nearly one thousand years ago, parents in Japan believed that any misfortune (such as evil spirits, illness, or bad luck) that might be cast on their children could be gotten rid of on March 3rd. They also believed that such misfortune could be transferred onto paper dolls. Hence, before March 3rd arrived, they made paper dolls, with each paper doll representing one of their loved ones. Then, on the very day of March 3rd, parents brought the paper dolls to a riverbank and set them afloat down the stream. As each paper doll was released into the water, it took misfortunes away from the child that it stood for.

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