February 3rd is Bean Throwing Festival called Setsubun in Japan. The name literally means seasonal division, but it usually refers to the spring and celebrate yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival. What we do on Setsubun is, we throw roasted soybeans inside of own house saying “Fuku wa uchi” (means good luck in), and “Oni wa soto” (means evil out/bad luck out) to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special event is also called Mamemaki (豆まき).


2 Responses to “SETSUBUN (節分)”

  1. Valyn Says:

    I never heard of this tradition. I would try it in my apartment, but I don’t want to clean up all those beans!

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