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Obon Festival

Obon Festival & Lantern Floating Ceremony

A Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. Every year it is believed the spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives. Obon is observed the 13th - 15th day of the seventh month of the year.  The seventh month is determined by the lunar calendar and the solar calendar depending on the region. Japan will celebrate Obon in August while other regions may celebrate in July.  

As tradition people will hang lanterns in front of their homes to guide the ancestor's spirits. During the celebration Obon dances are performed, people visit the grave sites of their loved ones, and food offerings are made at people's home altars and at temples. 

Floating lanterns are sent down rivers, lakes, and seas in order to guide the spirits back into their world. As with any other ceremony, customs may differ depending on the regions customs. 

Valley of the Temple celebrates Obon in August. Check our community event page for a full schedule of all current events. 

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