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2017 - Annual Bon Odori Dance (Saturday) Buddhist Church of Sacramento (Note: 2-Day Annual Cultural & Food Bazaar is in August)

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Date: Saturday, 8 July, 2017       Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This Event is 1 Day.
Sacramento - Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: (916) 446-0121
Location Website: Click to Visit

Obon. The word 'Matsuri' or 'Festival' literally means worshipping gods or ancestral spirits. Festivals were usually annual events to bless the cultivation of rice and the health of the community. In order to enliven the celebrations, there were performances of traditional dances and musical instruments.

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist festival usually held in mid-July or August for a week and is a time when the souls of dead ancestors are supposed to return home for three days. In particular, prayers are said for anyone who has died in the previous year as it is believed that they need more guidance to find their way. The festival has been held since the 7th century although many of the events have changed and it is one of the most significant and enjoyable of the Japanese festivals. It goes by a variety of names, the most popular of which is "The Festival or Feast of the Dead".

While it is not a public holiday, many Japanese who work in the city visit their birthplace at this time every year to clean the gravesites of their ancestors. Others clean Buddhist altars in their home although fewer people have these. Many years ago, Obon and the holiday on January 15th were the only days servants and workers were released to return to their homes.

Vegetables, fruits and rice wine are left out for the spirits to eat. Flowers decorate the graves or altar and incense is burned. This is the time for the living to show their respect to their ancestors. But it is not just the spirits who are given food and drink!

Bon Odori is in July
July 8, 2017 - Saturday at 7:00 pm
July 9, 2017 - Sunday at 9:30 am - Obon/Hatsubon Service

Note: The Obon is on a seperate day from the 2-day Bazaar.
Obon Practices: June 26-29, July 5-6. Time is usually 7:00-8:00 p.m.; practice on the last night runs a little longer.

There will be concessions available during Obon Practices and on Obon Night. Small group of Taiko players on (final practice) and on Obon Night itself.

Annual 2 Day Bazaar
The Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar is on: August 12 - 13, 2017 - Click Here

Saturday, 8 July, 2017


Buddhist Church of Sacramento Office

Phone: (916) 446-0121
Location Website: Click to Visit


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