Setsubun Festival : fight demons with beans

Konnichiwa Minna-san!

Today i am going to talk to you about the japanese “Setsubun” Festival! (Bean throwing festival)
According to the old Japanese calendar, “Setsubun” is the day preceding “Risshun” that is the first day of spring.

On the day of Setsubun, there is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans while chanting “In with Fortune! Out with Evil” in order to prevent evil ogres from entering one’s house.

It is believed that the ogres are warded off by throwing beans, and that good fortune will then come to one’s home.
On this day, events with entertainers and athletes are held at shrines all over the country.
According to Japanese tradition, if you eat the same number of beans as your age, you will enjoy a year of good health.

This festival is celebrated on 3rd and 4th February!
If you are in Tokyo, you can go at Sensō-ji in the Asakusa, crowds of nearly 100,000 people attend the annual festivities.
Many people come, and the event turns wild, with everyone pushing and shoving to get the gifts tossed from above.

It is customary in Kansai area to eat uncut makizushi called ehō-maki (“lucky direction roll”), a type of futomaki (“thick, large or fat rolls”), in silence on Setsubun while facing the year’s lucky compass direction, determined by the zodiac symbol of that year.
This custom started in Osaka, but in recent years eho-maki can be purchased at stores in the Kanto area and it is getting more recognized as a part of Setsubun tradition.
Charts are published and occasionally packaged with uncut makizushi during February.
Ginger sake is customarily drunk at Setsubun.

May you fight your evils! 🙂

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