Some people believe that Bean Day has no origin and no purpose, but there are plenty of farmers and bean aficionados who would disagree. The day probably has its roots in celebrations of the early bean harvests in farming communities and now Bean Day is a wonderful excuse for a party.
You can attend an organised bean-cleaning party, or a dinner where everyone brings a different bean dish to share. Alternatively, plant some beans, read ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, compile a bean recipe book or just eat beans. Some cultures believe you will have good health and happiness if you throw beans at your house and eat the same number of beans as your age.
On Bean Day, two important rules apply. Firstly, remember beans can have some interesting side effects and should be consumed in moderation, and secondly, don’t share an elevator with anyone.