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Obon  preparation & cultural significance
Obon  preparation & cultural significance
Obon  preparation & cultural significance
Obon  preparation & cultural significance
Obon  preparation & cultural significance
Obon  preparation & cultural significance
Obon  preparation & cultural significance
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Obon preparation & cultural significance

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  • 1. Obon
  • 2. :: People believe that their ancestors' spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family during Obon and pray for the spirits which makes it an important family gathering time, and many people return to their hometowns. :: Memorial services held at Obon have two meanings. One is to honor the Buddha and show reverence for one’s ancestors and others who have died. The other is to express gratitude to all people to whom we are indebted, including people who are alive such as our parents, relatives, and friends. http://gojapan.about.com/cs/japanesefestivals/a/obonfestival.htm; http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/event/summer/o-bon_sejikie.html Cultural Significance
  • 3. :: Obon remains one of the most important Buddhist observances. It is celebrated in several Asian countries but none with more extravagance than Japan. :: The typical Obon is a blend of somber reflection and celebration. Cultural Significance
  • 4. :: Japanese people clean their houses and place a variety of food offerings such as vegetables and fruits to the spirits of ancestors in front of a butsudan (Buddhist altar). Chochin lanterns and arrangements of flower are usually placed by the butsudan. Preparation
  • 5. :: A special shelf (also Tama-dana) is made where the family memorial tablet is placed along with various offerings. Houses without Obon Dana, the butsudan is used. Obon Dana

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