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2017 San Luis Obispo Buddhist Church Obon Festival - St. Patrick's School (Saturday Only) Live Taiko, Japanese Food, Crafts, Bon Odori Dancing..

Date: Saturday, 5 August, 2017       Time: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This Event is 1 Day.
San Luis Obispo Obon - St. Patrick's School
900 W. Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Phone: (805) 489-1210
Official Website: Click to Visit

Music, Japanese Food, Crafts, Bonsai, Martial Arts, Taiko, and items for sale from various vendors. At 6:30 pm begins Obon Odori and at 8:00 will begin the raffle with a grand prize and many other prizes including other cash prized. Tickets for the raffle or teriyaki chicken dinner are available in advance by calling the church or at the festival.

Obon is an Annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors
The Obon Festival can be traced to a Buddhist sutra that tells the story of Mogallana, a disciple of Budda who, in meditation, saw his deceased mother suffering in the realm of hungry ghosts. He tried giving her food but it turned into flames. Buddha advised him to engage in a "jishi", or retreat, and make an offering for his fellow monks. This done, he saw his mother released from suffering and he danced for joy. Varying interpretations evolved over the years, including the belief that spirits of ancestors actually revisit this world. Pine torches are attached to bamboo to welcome spirits to the family home, and on the final day of the observance, spirits are said to return to the nether world, guided by candle-lit lanterns that are set adrift on water.

Obon remains one of the most important Buddhist observances. The typical Obon is a blend of somber reflection and celebration of those before us.

August 5, 2017


12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bon Odori Dancing
6:45 pm

Obon Dance Practice Dates - Locate All Practice Dates:
Every Thursday in July
Time: 7:00 pm
Dates: July
Location: San Luis Obispo Buddhist Church, 6996 Ontario Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA

St. Patrick's School, 900 W. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

San Luis Obispo Buddhist Church Obon Festival - St. Patrick's School (Sat only)

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Celebrate the Japanese Culture – food, performances and dancing.

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Saturday, 5 August, 2017


San Luis Obispo Buddhist Church

Phone: (805) 595-2625
Official Website: Click to Visit


Free Admission

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