Monday, August 12, 2019

Obon Festival 2019

For the past three years, members of the Guild have been invited to be a participant in the Obon Festival in Las Vegas held at Clark High School. Tilda Silao, a Guild member has been the event organizer for this festival.

Here's Wikipedia's description of what the festival is about.

Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon Odori.'

In modern times, it has changed into a celebration and quite a big event in the Japanese community. The Obon Festival includes dancing by kimono clad people, some in Happi coats and even street clothes. Many people travel a circuit that encompasses Northern & Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona to represent their church and dance.

Japanese and Hawaiian food was sold for hungry dancer and attendees. The gym aka Exhibition Hall is where crafters, authors, and businesses offered their wares to everyone between dances and entertainment. Entertainment included Taiko drummers, always impressive and Hawaiian hula dancers.

Nine of our members participated in this years' event, Sarah Adams - Sassy Pants Creations, Linda Clark- Purses by Linda, Kristin Petronek, Sharon Takahashi, & Dana Russell - K & S Collage, Judy Osness - Embroidery by Judy, Cathie Godges - High Style Boutique, Merriam Olds - Little Me, Gerry Hackney - North Shore Collection, and Tilda Silao - Happi Hawaiian. Sharing some pics.

Thank you Tilda for including us in the festival. Very organized and well run. Proceeds for the Obon Festival help fund the Las Vegas Buddhist Society and the Sangha.

Looking forward to next year!

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