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“Setsubun” ,the traditional end of winter falling on Feb.3rd

A Feb.3rd of a year is a special day on which “Setsubun”, our “traditional end of winter” or “the day before calendric beginning of spring” falls.
On this day, it is customary to throw beans at our houses, cars, buildings,and properties , shouting, “Fuku wa uchi, oni wa soto !”(Fortune in and demons out !) in order to ward off evil and bless our home and things. People say evils come out to bring bad luck on Setsubun, so we need to dispel them by throwing beans, and this custom has more than 1,300- year-old history in Japan.
http://blogimg.goo.ne.jp/user_image/36/66/06bad2248ab4379686115bf9feec3b30.jpg

In addition to the practice at housholds,schools, and corporations, every year, at temples and shrines priests and monks host this “Setsubun-sai ” of  a ward-off evil ceremony and some celebrities join them.
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Usually, at a big ceremony of  this, a “Toshi-otoko”(/年男) or a “Toshi-onna” (/年女), “a man or woman who was born in a year of the same Chinese Zodic as the current year” are appointed in charge of  throwing the beans.
http://images.china.cn/attachement/jpg/site1004/20090204/00080286e07a0af381f310.jpg
(Ehoumaki)
http://www.takeishi-nb.com/blog/archives/2009/02/images/1315137403.jpg
(Beans for Setsubun and Ehoumaki)

We also eat Ehoumaki(恵方巻き, an auspicious direction hand-rolled sushi), which is believed to have a magic power to make your wishes come true when you eat it standing and facing the auspicious direction of the year (this year it is south-southeast) ,keeping eating it and wishing without uttering anything while you eat. Actually, a lot of  shoppers stood in line at supermarkets and sushi stores to buy ehoumaki and I ate it taking a few minutes wishing and without saying anything this year.

By TS on Feb 8, 2011


 


 


 





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