"Setsubun" A festival to say, Good bye winter and welcome summer
Setsubun is nothing but the 'seasonal division', but this specific term usually refers as the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭, Haru matsuri). It is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve, In its association with the Lunar New Year, and Japanese people has belief that this festival is for the purpose of vanishing the devil.
This special ritual is called mamemaki. In tsuina (追儺). The people of Japan have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of spring for many centuries. It became a custom to drive away evil spirits by the strong smell of burning dried sardine heads around the 13th century, the smoke of burning wood, and the noise of drums. Japanese people most commonly performs this setsubun festival by the throwing of roasted beans around one's house and at temples and shrines across the country, in modern days. It is expected as all the participant must shout "Oni wa Soto! Fuku wa uchi!", When throwing the beans. You should pick up and eat the number of beans afterward, which corresponds to your age. Setsubun is celebrated in many variations throughout the country, as all traditional festivals.
This is celebrated to get rid of evil spirits that bring sickness and prevent good fortune. The beans are not just any beans, Soybeans are roasted and are known as fuku mame (fortune beans) are thrown out the door in the direction of unsuspecting evil spirits, and sometimes a senior male member of the family designated to don a demon mask and play the antagonist for the occasion. In some cities, Setsubun celebrations have become fun, chaotic affairs. For beans, prizes, and freebies tossed from public stages often by celebrity hosts, Crowds jostle, and surge. During the season, Shops sell masks and colorfully packaged soybeans.
It is technically not recognized as an official public holiday, Although Japan's bean-throwing festival is celebrated in many variations throughout the country. Along with Golden Week and the Emperor's Birthday, regardless, Setsubun is considered an important festival in Japan. This Japanese festival is about leaving worries behind and making a new start, like New Year's Eve. But during Setsubun, metaphor takes on a more visually satisfying element of both children and adults, happily driving away demons by pummeling them with beans.