Mame Maki: Japanese Good Luck Tradition

Even though Japanese people celebrate New Year on January 1st (like us), on February 3rd each year they celebrate “Setsubun no Hi” which is the day the seasons change, a day for throwing bad luck from your house and welcoming in good luck.

The masks symbolize bad luck, which is driven from the house with roasted beans.

 Good luck is welcomed in to the house by throwing some beans into the house.

Once the beans are thrown inside, it is especially lucky to eat the same number of beans as your age.

We tried this today.  We are always happy to welcome good luck to our school!