Thursday, February 02, 2006

Okinawan Holiday

Tomorrow is an interesting holiday in Japan. It is called Setsubun. It is always celebrated on February the 3rd, the day before the first day of Spring. This is what they do. They throw roasted soybean from their doors or windows shouting in Japanese "devils out" and then throw soybeans inside saying "happiness in". The idea is to get rid of all the bad luck, while letting the good luck in. Why soybeans, they grow everywhere and represent fertility or magic powers, they believe that they are good weapons against evil powers. Well for us as believers, the Blood of Jesus Christ covers us from all our sins, thus making us right in God's eyes. The most effective weapon against evil powers is faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world" 1John 4:4b.

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