What Is Obon?

Lantern lighting, temple visits, traditional dancing, and food offerings are a few of the ways to describe Obon. This festival includes many beautiful traditions and marks one of Japan’s three major holiday seasons. The Obon festival is observed to honor one’s ancestors, and allows families to reunite and pass on ancient traditions. The festivals ends with the Floating Lantern Ceremony, which leads spirits to the water so they can return to the world of the deceased. Plantation workers from Japan brought Obon to Hawaii, where it is still celebrated today. To learn more about Obon, take a look at this infographic from Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Oahu, HI. We welcome you to share this information with your family and friends.

Obon Festival