Happy Setsubun!!! Setsubun aka the bean throwing festival is every year on February 3rd in Japan. It celebrates a cleansing of bad luck/demons/omens from ones home and life.
There are many regional variations of what to do on Setsubun. Normally a member of the family who was born in the year of the current animal zodiac throws dried beans out of the house, or at a person wearing a demon mask, and shouts "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" or "Demons out! Good luck in".
Neither Juan or I are Tigers, so we ended up just eating the beans. I tried to throw a couple of beans at Juan, but he says it didn't count because he's not a demon (hmmm??? really? Mr. Leon is not a demon?).
Another tradition is to eat a bean for every year you have lived. Thank goodness I haven't lived that long yet because those beans were very dry. I needed two glasses of water just to get them all down. And yes, I am an awesome wife because I found these Rilakuma beans for Juan.
Happy Setsubun Everyone!!!