Feb. 3th is a day of “Setsubun” in japan.
“Setsubun” literally means “division of seasons” and this day was the end of winter. On the evening of this day, people throw roasted soybeans inside and outside their houses with a cry of “Oniwa-soto, Fukuwa-uchi!” meaning “Devils out! Good luck fortune in!”. As the beans are thrown, it is believed good luck is invited in and bad luck is driven away. It is also customary to eat as many roasted beans as one’s age. It is a kind of charm against ill luck.
During Setsubun, children can throw roasted beans about the house to ward off evil spirits and other misfortune. In some families, an adult might put on a devil’s mask and approach the children. The devil is pelted with beans until he leaves.
Also, especially in western japan( nowadays eastern japan too), people eat “Ewho-maki” means “Fortune Sushi Roll”. The way of eating is…
1, Face the lucky direction of the year( 2013 is south south east)
2, Eat an entire Sushi Rolll without stopping. You shouldn’t speak until you are finishing with the sushi. It is said tat the good fortune will be gone if you speak.
That’s it! Then, you get the year’s fortune!
I have heard there are many customs similar to this japanese setsubun all over the world… how about your country’s?