Obon — Ancestor Day
Sunday, August 13 (to 15th), 2023
Obon is typically celebrated between August 13th and 15th, though the dates may vary slightly depending on the region of Japan. Certain regions such as Okinawa may observe Obon on a lunar-based calendar, so Obon may fall before or after the normal dates.
The Obon festival perhaps the largest and most significant religious event in Japan. “This is a Buddhist custom honouring the spirits of one’s ancestors, which is why it is also known as the festival of the dead or the festival of souls.” — Obon in Japan
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