March in Japan is traditionally considered the month of women. March 3 is the Girls' Day, affectionately known as Hina Matsuri (雛祭り, Hina Matsuri - Hina Doll Festival) or Momo-no Sekku (Peach Blossom Festival).
In ancient times, it was celebrated on the 3rd day of the 3rd month simply as a seasonal event. At this time, the peasants were relatively free from agricultural work and could enjoy the first warm days when peach trees began to bloom.
The celebration of Hina Matsuri is based on several different traditions. One of them dates back to the Heian era (794-1185) - on this day, spellcasters were invited to noble families who performed special prayers aimed at ensuring that all the troubles of people passed to paper dolls, which were then allowed to swim along the river or the sea . These dolls were called "nagashi-bina" - dolls descending down the river.