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Obon & Bon Odori Festivals 2018 - 2019 Calendar

Fresno Buddhist Temple Obon Festival Fresno, CA
Buddhist Church of Sacramento Obon Celebration Sacramento, CA
Seattle Betsuin Bon Odori Festival Seattle, WA
Ocean World Sushi Bon Odori Festival Indianapolis, IN
Charlotte Bon Odori Festival Charlotte, NC
Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Obon Festival Las Vegas, NV
Oakland Obon Festival Oakland, CA
San Diego Bon Odori San Diego, CA
Gardena Buddhist Church Obon Festival & Bon Odori Gardena, CA
Awa Odori Tokushima, Japan
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival Saint Paul, MN

Obon & Bon Odori Festivals

Obon, also known as the Festival of Lanterns, is a Japanese Buddhist tradition honoring those who have passed away. Bon Odori, a Japanese folk dance, is a major part of Obon. Just as Japanese culture has reached lands far beyond Japan, Obon and Bon Odori festivals have, too. These festivals take place in cities across the United States, from the Charlotte Bon Odori Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Fresno Buddhist Temple Obon Festival in Fresno, California. Gujō Odori in Gujō, Japan, is hundreds of years old and lasts close to a month. Alongside the Bon Odori, these festivals feature a profusion of Japanese culture, from Japanese food and taiko drums, to Buddhism talks and tea ceremonies.

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