Japanese have traditional events every month, and in February there is a day called Setsubun.
It is usually believed that February 2nd or 3rd are the coldest days of the year, and Setsubun celebrates the coming Spring.
This small celebration began about 1200 years ago during the Heian period in Japan. It is said that a wicked devil appeared when the seasons changed.
Japanese celebrate this change of seasons by throwing beans toward a devil and saying loudly, “Out with the devil, in with good fortune”. A side effect of this is getting rid of the devils inside our hearts.
However, for people who attend shrines that deify a devilish figure or who have a family name with “oni“, which means devil in it, they say “In with the devil and with good fortune”. It’s interesting part of this celebration.
After that, we eat beans according to our age and we have the custom of eating one more piece, so that we build up our health and make it harder to catch a cold. Furthermore it is considered that Ehomaki, which is a kind of sushi roll, brings us good luck.
So on February 2nd or 3rd take some time to celebrate the coming of a warm Spring. We know that many Torontonians are wishing that it will be here soon.