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2022 Annual Sacramento Obon Odori Festival Event, Sacramento Buddhist Church (Saturday) NEW

2022 Annual Sacramento Obon Odori Festival Event, Sacramento Buddhist Church (Saturday)
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Date: Saturday, 9 July, 2022       Time: 5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: (916) 446-0121
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2022 Live Obon Event Festivities this Summer at Sacramento Buddhist Church.  We are excited to announce we will have live Obon festivities in person this year on Saturday July 9 2022.

Obon Odori - Saturday July 9, 2022
This summer Obon Odori festival event will be in person at the Betusin under the lights of chochin lanterns in the temple parking lot and simultaneously streamed live virtually for those who are not able to attend in person or who choose to avoid large gatherings. Obon will stream live on Facebook, but we hope to see many of you in person.

Obon Odori will start at 8:00 p.m. and run continuously for approximately 75 minutes (no intermission). Dancers will gather in the Hondo and walk out together for Obon odori. Food concessions will open at 5:30.

To help recollect and practice the steps to our favorite Obon dances that we have not danced for over two years, please join us on July 5,6, and 7, for Obon Odori practice which will be held from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Obon Odori practice is an in person event only.

Folding chairs can be set up in the church parking lot on Friday July 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Beginning June 1st, please RSVP to Obon Odori to help us estimate attendance for the in-person Obon Odori. RSVPs are NOT REQUIRED for attendance; but will be used to help us with our planning.

Obon Service - Sunday July 10, 2022
Hatsubon is the first Obon Service after a loved one has passed. A combined Obon/Hatsubon service will be held in the Main Hondo at 9:30 am with special guest speaker, Reverend Bob Oshita, Rinban Emeritus.

The Obon/Hatsubon Service will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Special Obon Tribute to Honor Loved Ones
For the first time, we are offering the opportunity to honor and remember any loved one who has passed with a photo or name tribute. Each submitted photo or name will be displayed periodically on monitors in the Courtyard during Obon Odori, as well as online in the streamed virtual program. For applications and instructions for submitting a photo or name, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/4nhtfmw4. Deadline is July 1.

Background on Obon
The word 'Matsuri' or 'Festival' event 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!

Obon Bon Odori Event Date
July 9, 2022, Saturday

Event Festival Time
5:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Bon Odori Time
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm 

Festival Parking
Parking available at city lot underneath Highway 50 at 8th and X Street for a flat rate. Courtesy shuttle available or short 10 minute walk.

RSVP for Obon Bon Odori Dance - RSVPs are not required but would help w/planning.


Sacramento Schedule: Practice, Obon, Bazaar  
Sacramento Buddhist Church has 2 major events: Annual Obon Festival and Annual Bazaar

1) See all Obon Bon Odori Practices
    Practice time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm, last night runs a little longer.

    2022 Dates: July 5, 6, 7; Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2) Annual Obon Bon Odori Festival Event in July - Separate from the Bazaar
Saturday Dancing and Sunday Service: streamed live on facebook.

July  9, 2022 - Saturday at 5:30 Starts, Bon Odori Dancing at 8:00 pm
July 10, 2022 - Sunday at 9:30 am: Obon/Hatsubon Service

3) Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar Event is in September 

Sept 18, 2022: 76th Annual Bazaar Event 


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Obon Bon Odori Festival Event Location
Buddhist Church of Sacramento Obon Odori Festival, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA 9581

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



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