Eating beans to drive away the evil!

Eating beans to drive away the evil!

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Feb 01 ,2018

Speaking of events in February, Valentine's Day must be the most famous festival all over the world, while in Japan, there is also a customary activity similar to the Valentine's Day, the Setsubun. "Setsubun" is on February 3 (the day before the beginning of spring in Japan), and on this day, people will throw the fortune beans to drive away the evil. Why do people do that? This time I will introduce to you the Japanese "Setsubun".

In the families which have teenagers, it is usually that dads plays ghosts, and children throw beans.

Setsubun refers to the conversion period of the season. It is said that when the season changes, the evil spirits are easy to invade, so the practice to drive away the evil is called "Setsubun", and such activity is very similar to Halloween. Throwing beans on Setsubun is in order to drive away the evil, then why people use beans, it is said that if throw beans to the eyes of ghosts, the evil will be cleansed away.(※opinions vary)While throwing beans, people will say "Demons out〜! Luck in〜!"

The beans must be roasted before eating. Roasting beans is in order to prevent budding, and also to seal the evil spirits.
After throwing beans, people shall eat the beans whose number is one more than his age to pray for the whole year's happiness and health. It also means to destroy the ghosts sealed in the beans by eating them. But you shall not eat too much, which may cause you to suffer a nosebleed, so please pay more attention .

Then how many beans will Yuko eat?
Please eat Fuku Mame to drive away evil for a healthy year!

Then how many beans will Yuko eat? Please eat Fuku Mame to drive away evil for a healthy year!

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