Mask Wearing and Traditional Festivals

Setsubun is a traditional day in Japan to usher in beginning of Spring according to the old calendar.  One of the ritual involves throwing roasted soy beans out the front door of a house or at demon masked participant to ward off bad luck.  It is a family affair where kids and adults wear mask of Oni, the devil to roll play in this fun festivity. 

Across the other side of the world, another type of mask wearing festivities happens in February.  Thought to have originated in 11th century Venice, Italy, the festivities culminates on 16th of February this year.  Otherwise known as Fat Tuesday for those who celebrate Mardi Gras in the U.S., the Venetian affair is better known for the masks and ornate costume balls held on the famed island in the Venetian lagoon.