Setsubun: The Japanese Bean-throwing Festival

In Japan, Spring symbolizes a “new life/year”, (because it also coincides with the Lunar new year), so the people perform Mamemaki, or bean (roasted soybeans, or sometimes, peanuts) throwing, to “cast away the past’s bad spirits”.

1x1.trans Setsubun: The Japanese Bean throwing Festival

A member of the household wears an oni (demon) mask, then other family members and friends throw the beans at him/her, while saying “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! (Demon out! Luck/happiness in!)”.

It is also customary to eat one bean per one year of a person’s age, plus an additional one bean for the coming year, for good luck. (。´∀`)ノa

All illustrations by Little Miss Paintbrush (@chichilittle)

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