February 2 through February 4 marks Setsubun in Japan, or “dividing the seasons,” a time for public and private ceremonies, to cast out bad luck and demons and bring in good. People throw roasted soybeans off the balconies of shrines and throughout their homes while declaring the demons out and the good luck in. This custom was also done in Ancient Rome to feed the spirits of the dead in a ceremony called Lemuria. The word for bean, mame in Japanese, carries the double meaning of bean and good health.

Robin Hereens Lysne in Sacred Living