A Cultural Delight at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s 2017 Obon Summer Festival

Posted: July 12, 2017 in Events, Los Angeles
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Downtown Los Angeles’ Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple hosted their annual Obon Summer Festival this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, an Obon Festival traditionally takes place in mid-July; however, Japanese communities around the world tend to host the event sometime within a month of that time. As with tradition, an Obon Festival provides a means for families and friends to gather and remember their ancestors. When a festival takes place, it usually involves vendors, food, games, live entertainment, and more as one would expect at a cultural fair. As one of the smaller Obon Festivals of Southern California, it did not feature too much to do for those whose families do not celebrate the occasion. However, I did see a lot of families spending time here, meaning that this tradition has not lost its value at all despite not actually taking place in Japan.

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