Wishing "Demons out! Luck in!" on Feb. 3rd. Setsubun 節分,
(節分Bean-Throwing Festival or Bean-Throwing Ceremony) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭 haru matsuri). In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (豆撒き, literally "bean throwing"). I personally have never missed doing this tradition p;) link picture page
While throwing beans we say, "Demons out! Luck in!"
(鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!)
恵方巻き Good Fortune Sushi Rolls
Eho-maki (fortune rolls) are futo-maki (thick sushi rolls) eaten on the night of Setsubun. To be related with the Seven Deities of Good Fortune called Shichifukujin, seven fillings are traditionally rolled in a sushi roll. For example, simmered shiitake mushrooms and kanpyo (dried gourd), cucumber, rolled omelet (tamagoyaki), eels, sakura denbu (sweet fish powder), and seasoned koyadofu (freeze-dried tofu) are used. These ingredients represent good health, happiness, and prosperity, and rolling the fillings means good fortune. I remember my mother used to make them for us, but I just buy ready-made one(^^;) link picture page
PS> I really do appreciate your sweet comments for my blogversary and my father's birthday, my friends. Now I'm having students entrance examinations season and hoping their good luck! I'll promise stopping by tomorrow♡♡♡