Setsubun “Bean-Throwing Festival”
Hello, I’m Minami of How to Japan TV. Today, I introduce you “Setsubun” (節分 Bean-Throwing Festival) , traditional culture of Japan.
Why throw Beans?
Setsubun is a fun traditional holiday that is celebrated on February 3rd. It is known in English as “Bean-throwing Festival.” On the day, there is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans. So why throw beans? That’s because it’s believed that the good fortune will come to one’s home. And the evils are warded off by throwing beans. If you eat the same number of beans as your age, you will enjoy a year of good health.
How to enjoy Setsubun Festival
First, you throw the soybeans outside the house to drive away the bad luck.
Often times, a father will dress up as an oni and his children with throw the beans at him. This time, you say Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! (鬼は外！福は内！)
It means ” Out with Evil! In with Fortune!
After the throwing beans is over, everyone eats the same number of beans as their own age. It is believed that by doing so, people will be free of sickness during that year.