Setsubun 節分(Traditional end of winter)
“Setsubun” 【節分/せつぶん】is one of the big event in Japan.
This event will held in the day before when spring starts.
Today is Setubun.
We throw peas, and eat [Ehoumaki]
What is Setubun?
The original meaning is [The change of seasons].
So there were four Setubun day per year.
As time glides on, only the day before when spring starts, is called Setubun.
Why do we throw peas?
It is said that in the Heian period, when an [Oni](demon) came to Kyoto people threw pea in the [Oni]’s eye, and beat it.
There are several origins, so note that this is only a one theory.
Why do we throw peas on Setubun?
In the old calendar, the day of [Setubun] was the last day of the year.
People beated out the [Oni] out of their houses and wished for a happy next year.
The peas are first offered to the altar to assume spritual power.
What do people say.
When we throw peas in the house and outside near our houses, we say [Fuku wa uchi. Oni wa soto]. It means, [Happiness inside, demons ouside].
What do we do after throwing peas.
We eat the same number of your age. It’s belived that if you do this,
you will have a healthy and safe year.
At every family, mostly the father put on an [Oni] mask, and the kids threw the pea to him.