Learn about some of the beautiful customs and unique practices of the Japanese culture at this summer’s Obon Season Summer Festivals throughout the Bay Area. Throughout the month of July, Obon Summer Festivals will be taking place in San Jose, Berkeley, Mountain View, Sebastopol, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Marin. The festivals will be filled with cultural foods, music and dance.
Obon is an annual Japanese Buddhist event for commemorating one’s ancestors. It is believed that each year during obon, the ancestor’s spirits return to visit their relatives. Obon is observed from the 13th to the 15th day of the 7th month of each year.
When: July 11-26, 2015
Where: Various Bay Area Locations
San Jose Buddhist Temple Betsuin - July 11-12, 2015
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church - July 11-12, 2015
Berkeley Buddhist Temple - July 11-12, 2015
Monterey Peninsula Obon - July 12, 2015
Mountain View Buddhist Temple - July 18-19, 2015
Enmanji Buddhist Temple - July 18, 2015
San Francisco Buddhist Temple - July 25-26, 2015
Palo Alto Buddhist Temple - August 1-2, 2015