Setsubun Japanese Festival

From Wikipedia, Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. The name literally means “seasonal division”, but usually the term refers to the Spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on 3rd February as part of the Spring Festival (春祭 haru matsuri). In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual called mamemaki (豆撒き) (literally “bean throwing”) to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.

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