Setsubun ( seasonal division ) is not a national holiday, but celebrated at shrines and temples nationwide. It held on February 3 or 4, one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar.

For many centuries, the people of Japan have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of spring. The most commonly performed setsubun ritual is the throwing of roasted beans around one's house and at temples and shrines across the country. When throwing the beans, you are supposed to shout "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" ("Devils out, happiness in"). Afterwards you should pick up and eat the number of beans, which corresponds to your age.