2022 Obon Festival

Saturday, August 13, 3 PM - 7 PM, Free to All (Rain date August 14)

After a 3 year hiatus, the Obon Festival is back at Shofuso with bon odori folk dances with Seabrook Minyo Dance Group, and taiko drumming performances by KyoDaiko, Hoh Daiko (Seabrook Buddhist Temple) and Casual Fifth. Attendees can also enjoy arts and crafts, a yukata dressing station, as well as a vendor market. The event will take place outside of Shofuso and is free and open to the public.

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2022 Obon Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Lantern Ceremony - Mukaebi

Saturday, August 13 (Rain date: Sunday, August 14)

7pm - 9pm (Gates open at 6:45 pm)

$25 Participant (with Lantern)

$15 Observer (Without Lantern)

Members must sign in to get $5 off at checkout.

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Lantern Ceremony - Okuribi

Saturday, August 20 (Rain date: Sunday, August 21)

7pm - 9pm (Gates open at 6:45 pm)

$25 Participant (with Lantern)

$15 Observer (Without Lantern)

Members must sign in to get $5 off at checkout.

SOLD-OUT

Obon is a series of Summer events in Japan based on Buddhist and ancestral worship that enshrine and celebrate the spirits of ancestors. Typically, people return to their hometowns to celebrate Obon each year. Families gather, clean their graveyard and the shrine in their house, and light lanterns to welcome the spirits home. After the spirits spend a few days with family, the Bon-Odori dancers form a circle under the lanterns to guide the spirits back to the otherworld.

The Philadelphia Obon Festival continues a new Shofuso tradition, to light lanterns and float them on Shofuso’s pond. This night of remembrance and commemoration is dedicated to those no longer with us. Each registered participant will be able to choose if they would like to launch floating lanterns on Shofuso’s pond or simply observe the serenity of the experience.

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