Shoo away demons with beans!

Friday 10th, February 2017 / 09:00 Written by
Shoo away demons with beans!

The 3rd of February was Setsubun, cerebrating the day spring starts. What most families do is buy a pack ofScreen Shot 2017-02-03 at 12.07.19 PM roasted soy beans.  Demon masks are sold too. Children throw beans at imaginary demons symbolizing evil spirits, saying “Demons out! Luck in!” out of the door. After successfully shooing away demons, leftover beans, often flavoured, are eaten by children.

Some temples and shrines host events, often with traditional dance by demons. We attended one at night. In the dark under torch fires demons with elaborate masks and traditional costumes danced to the drums.  Scary enough for young children, I bet.

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