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Obon Festival of Japan

  • The Obon Festival is celebrated in Japan in August and it usually lasts for three days.
  • It is a Buddhist festival to commemorate one's ancestors and is celebrated through Bon Odori dances and a giant bonfire lit in the hills of Kyoto.
  • The festival is also known as the festival of lanterns.
  • One of the customs during this time is to send paper lanterns floating along the river to symbolise the souls of departed returning to their graves in peace.