Saturday, February 03, 2007

Setsubun 2007



Yesterday I took the children in my class to a local Setsubun festival. Setsubun ("seasonal division") is a festival held on February 3 or 4, one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. On this day people practice a ceremony called Mamemaki (bean-throwing) at temples, shrines and at home to expel demons (symbol of misfortune) and invite fortune. When throwing the beans, you are supposed to shout "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" ("Demons out, happiness in"). Afterwards you should pick up and eat the number of beans, which corresponds to your age. I brought some of the beans home for the girls, Jazz ate 3 and Dixie ate 1 according to their dog years as I don't think I should give Jazz 30 odd beans and Dixie 13!!!

3 comments:

sushi zume said...

oni wa soto...
hope there is lots of fuku in your uchi this year!!

sushi zume said...

yep you and me - two of a kind...you are definitely a cookie monster too, there is no changing us, look how gloriously happy we are though!
I'm hungry gotta go....

e said...

haha
we enjoyed doing this too, caz and i. Except that we only knew "oni wa soto" we didnt know what else you say.
oh im sure with Feu coming, there will be a lot of fuku in our uchi!