Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Seasonal Celebration--Setsubun

At our home, we celebrate Japanese seasonal celebration called "Setsubun". A-chan's birthday is the day after the Setsubun.  So we had double the fun yesterday.

Small packages of soybeans for Setsubun. Beans in blue package is seasoned. 
Setsubun is the day in Japan which is celebrated as the beginning of Spring. On the day (Feb. 3rd) one person in a family (in our family, we each took turns) wears a mask of Oni (a devil) and everyone else throw beans by shouting "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! (Out with devils and in with happiness)" at the Oni to chase away the evil spirit from our home. (If you want to know more about history of Setsubun, read it here on wikipedia.)

My oldest, K-kun (-kun is for boys, -chan is for girls) probably had the most fun throwing soy beans.  We then ate the beans one for each year of our lives plus one for good luck. My husband lived in Japan for 2 years, but he never got to experience some of the holidays. He thought I was crazy letting kids throw beans and make a mess. Well, kids had fun and they all volunteered to help cleaning up after!

Check out How We Celebrated Setsubun by Hiragana mama as well! She has some cute pictures of how Oni masks look like and the food to eat for this occasion.

Next time I will write about another celebration---Chinese New Year.