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2022: Celebrate the Pasadena Buddhist Temple Obon Festival Event
Obon Festival Event Date
July 16, 2022 - Saturday
2019 Previous Year Obon
Annual Pasadena Buddhist Temple's Annual Obon Festival Event will be held for 2 days in July. There will be Japanese food, crafts, games, cultural exhibits and demonstrations. Each evening, dancers from around the Southland gathered around the yagura and danced the traditional Obon Odori (dances). Dancing is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm each evening. Obon odori is to dance for joy. Everyone is invited to join in to just dance and be accepted as we are.
"Obon is a Buddhist observance that was originally observed in Mahayana Buddhist countries, including China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Obon season is a time to express our gratitude to loved ones who have passed on before us. Without them, we would not be who we are today, due to the basic tenet of interdependence. In Japan, Obon has been held since 657 A.D." - Rev. Patti Usuki.
Obon Family Service will be held on Sunday at 10:00 am in conjunction with Hatsubon Service for families that have lost a loved one since the last Obon with Rev. Gregory Gibbs presiding. July monthly memorial service (Shotsuki Hoyo) will be held on Sunday, at 10:00 am.
Obon comes from the story of Maudgalyana, a disciple of the Buddha, who sees his mother suffering in "hell". Maudgalyana goes to the Buddha for advice and is instructed to make a gift (a vegetarian meal) to his fellow monks. He did so, and immediately his mother is saved from the miseries of hell. Overjoyed, he and his fellow monks clapped their hands and danced in joy. Obon, therefore, is an occasion for rejoicing in liberating others and ourselves from suffering.
Obon Festival Event Dates
July 20 - 21, 2019 - Saturday & Sunday
Obon Festival Event Times (Different End Times)
Sat: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bon Odori Dance Event Times
Bon Odori dancing will begin at 6:30 pm
Obon Festival Event Schedule
* Taiko performances: 6 pm, LA Matsuri Taiko (Saturday), Taiko of West LA Buddhist Temple (Sunday)
* Food booth: Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Teriyaki, Beef Chow Mein, Manju, Spam Musubi, Chili Rice, Shaved Ice and much, much more!
Taiko Performances are schedule each evening before the dancing (6:00 pm). Saturday will feature LA Matsuri Taiko and Sunday will feature Taiko of West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple
Taiko Performances are scheduled each evening during the dancing break (around 7:00 PM). Saturday will feature L.A. Matsuri Taiko. Sunday will feature Taiko of West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple.
Bon Dance Festival Ondo Practice Schedule (Check Web Site)
Practice is every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 pm beginning on Tuesday
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Celebrate the Japanese Culture food, performances and dancing.
(Please always confirm date & times, the schedule could change)
Obon Festival Event Title
Pasadena Buddhist Church Summer Obon Festival (Live Taiko, Games, Japanese Food, Performances) (2 Days)
Obon Festival Event Location
Pasadena Buddhist Temple, 1993 Glen Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Saturday, 16 July, 2022
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