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Japanese Obon Festival 2019

Aug. 18
3-9 p.m.
$5; $3 for kids 3-12 and seniors
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Music

In the Buddhist religion, it is believed that the dead visit the living during Obon. While traditions vary from region to region, many families and communities celebrate through building altars, performing special dances, bringing favorite food items to the graves of loved ones, and lighting and releasing floating lanterns to help guide the dead. Get a feeling for the holiday this Sunday at Como Park, which will be celebrating with Japanese eats, entertainment, cultural exhibits, martial arts, and demonstrations. The evening culminates in the lighting of the lanterns, a spectacularly gorgeous moment. Find tickets and more info here.