Setsubun (Bean Scattering)

Fri, February 3, 2023
Setsubun is a Japanese festival day held between the second to the fourth days of February. The day is still well known for Japanese people to perform rituals right before Spring begins in the Japanese lunar calendar.
It is also known as the Bean-Throwing Festival as the most famous ritual associated with Setsubun is mamemaki ("bean scattering"). In the ritual roasted soybeans, known as fukumame ("fortune beans") are either thrown out of the front door, or at a member of the family wearing a demon or ogre mask while shouting "Devils out! Fortune in!", before slamming the door shut. The beans are thought to purify the home by driving out the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health with them.


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