Bean Throwing Festival
Burgess from Japan
the beginning of February every year, we celebrate
the "Bean Throwing Festival" at temples in Japan.
men and women throw beans from the stage
at the temple to the crowds wishing to
drive the evil spirit away and bring the
good luck that year.
men and women throw beans from the stage at the
temple to the crowds wishing to drive the evil
spirit away and bring the good luck that year.
Those men and women are called "Toshi-otoko" and
"Toshi-onna" and their birth year is the same as
that particular year.
are 12 different animals in the Chinese zodiac
signs, and each year an animal is chosen as the
sign of the year, like "The Year of the Rat" and
"The Year of the Ox". So, if it is the Year of the
Dragon, the people who were born in the Year of the
Dragon will be chosen to throw the beans for this
also celebrate this festival at home. Usually the
father or the oldest man in the family takes the
role of a demon. Inside the house, the rest of the
family members throw the beans to the demon, saying
"Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi", which means "Evil is
out, good luck is within."
people say to the demon when throwing the beans is
sometimes different; it depends on the region. Some
say "Oni wa uchi, fuku wa uchi." This means "Evil
is within and good luck is within."
throwing the beans, people eat the same number of
beans as their age to wish for good health that
year. For example, if you are 20 years old, you
will eat 20 beans.
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