Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bon Festival

The festival of Obon or Bon was held at Morikami Japanese Garden in Delray Beach last Saturday. Dear hubby and I attended it for the first time. There were sea of people, the venue was so packed but it was great- we had a blast. Anyway, Obon is one of the most important Japanese traditions. They believe that their ancestor's spirits comes back to their homes to be reunited with their family during Obon and pray for the spirits.

Toro Nagashi (floating lanterns) is a tradition often observed during Obon. They send off their ancestor's spirits with the lanterns, lit by a candle inside and floated down a river to ocean.

Bon Odori (folk dance) is also widely practiced on Obon nights. They wear yukata (summer kimono) and dance around a yagura stage.

Anyone can participate in Bon Odori, so I joined the circle along with other people and imitate the dance steps of Bon Odori. It's fun! :)

And then the fireworks to end the festival.

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