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The Day Before The Calendrical Beginning Of Spring

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This chapter discusses the author's experience in the bean-scattering ceremony celebrating the coming of spring. According to the old calendar, 4 February is the end of winter. The Japanese held the bean-scattering ceremony, by which they drive away evil spirits and welcome Gods of wealth. These days, few families do this, but many shrines and temples choose lucky-bean scatterers and hold the ceremony. The bag containing the beans was cut open for enjoying the ceremony of bean-scattering at the author's home in Kyoto. The beans were bought in a measure of one-go. The aroma of the baked beans was so tempting and all the family went every doorway and scattered beans, shouting in chorus: 'In with fortune Out with demons '. Fewer beans were scattered inside but more beans were scattered outside as the years passed by.

Keywords: bean-scattering ceremony; evil spirits; Gods of wealth; spring



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