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Thursday, August 17, 2017

O-Bon Festival

Chanting 'The Lotus Chant"

O-Bon Spirit Festival

I attended the O-Bon Festival at the Portland Japanese Garden last night. What a special occasion that was! So lovely! I found such peace and respect at a time when our world seems to need it the most.

O-Bon is a Buddhist memorial festival, which dates back more than 1300 years in Japan. Buddhist services are held at temples and homes throughout Japan to pray for one’s ancestors and particularly for those who have died within the past year. This serves as a reminder of the importance of family ties, as a gesture of respect for those who have gone before, and as an acknowledgment of the brevity and preciousness of life as a family.

We danced, we chanted, and we lit candles to float on the pond to help guide the spirits of our loved ones and Ancestors.


Dancers and Musicians
Everyone Dancing
Path to the Pond
Lighting the Candles and Floating them on the Pond
“O-Bon is a time to reflect on our immortality and remind ourselves that we are not alone, but that we are members of a vast and ancient society made up of both our forebears and of future generations.” – Garden Member
Casey Shannon

Director of North America Branch ~ ICCPS
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society

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