July 13, 2010

Obon – Day of the Souls – Japan
NOTE: different cities and regions in Japan use different festival calendars, so only some regions celebrate Obon today.

During Obo
n Japanese Buddhists honor their ancestors in a variety of ways: they return to their ancestral homes, they clean the graves of their ancestors, and they float lit-up paper lanterns down rivers. There is a special Bon dance to show gratitude for the ancestors, and some people make offerings to them.

Of course,
some enjoyment-of-the-living traditions have developed, too, including family get-togethers, special food, fireworks, and giant carnivals with rides.

  • Here is a video of the Bon dance...
  • ...And this tells a little bit more about the lantern-festival part of the holiday.

Catch the Obon spirit.

Look at photos of your ancestors (grandparents, great-grandparents), and revive the old family stories of what they did and how they lived.

Learn about Japan.

Japanese food.

Learn to draw Manga using
this YouTube video or any video by Mark Crilley.

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