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Obon Festival 2019 [Japan]

August 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am August 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Obon Festival, also known as Bon Festival is an annual Japanese-Buddhist custom that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is believed that during this time of the year, the spirits of the deceased loved ones will come back to visit their relatives.

Obon Festival 2019
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Traditionally, cochin (paper) lanterns are hung to guide the spirits, obon dances (bon odori) are carried out, graves of relatives are visited and food offerings are made at altars and temples.

The Obon Festival is officially celebrated in Japan on August 13-15 every year although some regions celebrate it between July 13-15.

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