Thursday, February 03, 2011

Setsubun (節分) Bean-Throwing Festival

Today is a holiday of sorts in Japan called "Setsubun."

It's a fun holiday (you don't get the day off tho), where you throw beans out your window and doors to ward off the evil spirits, and welcome good luck into your home.

Kind of like the English expression "Out with the bad, in with the good."

You can see a video I made in 2008 about Setsubun, where I participated in mamemaki at one of my elementary schools.

You can read all about Setsubun at this link to Wikipedia.

Have you ever done mamemaki?


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