2/7 – Setsubun (bean throwing) at Zenshuji

Feb. 7— Zenshuji Soto Mission, 123 S. Hewitt St., Little Tokyo, hosts its annual Setsubun (bean throwing) at 1:30 p.m.

This service is related to the last day of the year in the old lunar calendar, usually falling around Feb. 2 or 3 of the present calendar. At the temple we will have the festive ceremony of ‘bean throwing’ (mamemaki) on the 7th of February this year.

The dried roasted soy beans are thrown to bring in good fortune and drive away evil spirits. Everyone yells, “Fukuwauchi, oniwasoto!” Translated: In with good luck; away with demons. People born under the zodiac sign of the year (12, 24. 36. 48. 60. 72, 84, 96, etc, year old) are selected as bean throwers and the crowd of people try to catch
the thrown beans which are said to bring good fortune.

For more information, call (213) 624-8658 or visit www.zenshuji.org.