New Year’s is a big holiday in Japan. People sometimes wear traditional robes and go to the shrines to pray for a year of good luck. At the shrines, people usually get a paper fortune, or omikuji (おみくじ). These fortunes tell the person if they will have good or bad luck during the year along with some warnings or predictions.
What happens if you pull a fortune that has bad luck? You fold it and tie it to a tree branch. This will ensure that the bad luck won’t come near you.