Setsubun- the beginning of spring in Japan - February 3

Setsubun is a Japanese holiday (Japanese: 節 分) that symbolizes the day before the start of every season.
On February 3, the Setsubun of the beginning of spring, called Risshun (Japanese: 立春), is celebrated. On this holiday the Japanese remove the bad luck from their homes and welcome the good luck that will enter them.

How do Japanese celebrate the Setsubun?
The holiday is celebrated in a ceremony where the head of the family or the landlord stands in the doorway and throws hot soybeans out of a pan as he says aloud: "Oni and Soto, Foucault and Ochi" (鬼 は 外! 福 は 内!) - "Demons out, Good luck inside. " The source of the custom is the Buddhist belief that demons can be smuggled out by hot soybeans. Even in Buddhist temples and Shinto temples, ceremonies are held in which worshipers throw soybeans.
Near the temples there are people dressed as demons (oni) on whom people throw soybeans to get rid of them and bring themselves good luck. Japanese soybeans are also eaten for good luck and health.
Another custom in honor of the first day of spring is to put fish heads or decorations on the door of the house on which fish heads are painted in order to ward off evil spirits.

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