Date(s) & Time(s)::
July 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM until 10:00 PM
Location: 2720 E. Alluvial (between Chestnut and Willow)
The Fresno Buddhist Temple's 66th Annual Obon Festival will be celebrated on July 9th at the Fresno Buddhist Family Center at 2720 E. Alluvial Ave (between Chestnut and Willow) with authentic Japanese food, carnival games, cultural displays, and refreshments. Traditional Taiko drum playing and traditional Japanese dancing will begin at 7:00pm in front of the Family Center. Admission is free and the public is graciously invited.
The true significance of the Obon Festival is to honor our ancestors and those who passed on before us. It is a time to pause and reflect on the hardships and sacrifices that they made for our sake so that we can clearly appreciate the interdependency of all living things. Through this realization, we can come to lead a life of gratitude. Memorial lanterns honoring our loved ones will be hung throughout the festival. These are for sale and families can purchase a lantern, have their family name written in kanji, and hung at the festival to honor your ancestors.
In these tough times with the economy and jobs, we feel it’s important to reflect on where we came from, where we are, and where we are going in our lives. We dance with joy when we truly reflect on this. With the year old Buddhist Family Center as the backdrop, there will be dancers clad in Japanese cotton kimonos moving to choreographed dances – both modern pop and traditional music