Halfway Back

In Japan, there is a holiday in February called Setsubun where people throw beans around their homes or at shrines, saying “Demons get out, prosperity come in!” This year I believe it was actually the 3rd.

The Pagan holiday of Imbolc also occurs in early February, about halfway between the solstice and the equinox.

In America, we watch a groundhog emerge with much fanfare and announcement of how his shadow did or did not lie.


Any way you mark it, we’re halfway back from the darkest days of the year.


The year of the Monkey starts on the 8th with Asian Lunar New Year. Because this is based on the lunar calendar, it’s not the same day at the above solar calendar events, but I think the lunar new year too is attached to the lunar new month closest to setsubun.


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