せつぶん | setsubun | setsubun
Setsubun, celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, can be thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve.
Setsubun comes along with a special ritual meant to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.
During this special ritual called mamemaki (literally “bean scattering”) roasted soybeans (called “fortune beans”) are thrown either out of the door or at a family member wearing an Oni (demon) mask, while people chant “Demons out! Luck in!” (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) and slam the door.