Summer means the start of Obon season. Holding a special significance to the Japanese American community on many levels, the annual Obon festival honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is a way to show appreciation, remember, and say thank you to those who came before us.
Offering a variety of cultural exhibits, games, food and a traditional dance known as Bon Odori, the festival of Obon lasts for three days, with a start date varying by region of Japan. The Shichigatsu Bon (Bon in July) is celebrated around July 15 and is based on the solar calendar. Hachigatsu Bon (Bon in August) is celebrated around August 15 and is based on the lunar calendar and is the most commonly celebrated time. Lastly, Kyu Bon (Old Bon) is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.
Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple – 71st Annual Japan Nite Obon Festival