February 3rd is the Japanese holiday of Setsubun. We throw beans at demons to keep bad luck away.
Uh-oh! Here comes the monster!
He's so scary! We don't want to get close!
Throw the beans!
It's running away!
Go outside! Only good luck can stay here!
A few kids cried because the monster was scary, but most of the kids really enjoyed throwing beans. Afterward we ate some beans (fresh ones, not the ones we had thrown, of course).
Here's hoping we have a good year!