Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival or Girls’ Day, is held annually on March 3 to celebrate the happiness and health of young girls. The holiday originated during the Edo period (1600-1868) to ward off evil spirits, and at some Hinamasturi festivals today, people release paper dolls into the rivers to carry away sickness and bad fortune. Setting up a display of special festival dolls in the house is fundamental to the festival. Hinamatsuri dolls, known has hina-ninygo, wear Heian period (794-1192) clothing, and are placed in specific locations according to hierarchy on a tiered platform covered with red felt. A Hinamatsuri doll set always includes an emperor and an empress doll, and larger displays also have courtiers, guards, and furnishings.