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August 8, 2017 > Joyous gathering at Obon Festival

Joyous gathering at Obon Festival

Submitted By Joyce Davis

The Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church (SACBC) invites all community members to their annual Festival of Obon. Featured entertainment will include Buddhist dancing, music by the San Jose Chidori Band, and a drum performance by O Nami Taiko. There will also be authentic Japanese foods for sale.

Obon, also referred to as Kangi-e, is a Òjoyous gathering with dharma dance.Ó Colorful kimono-clad dancers perform dances of joy, marking a day honoring departed loved ones and offering thanks. This annual celebration expresses joy and gratitude to those who made our own lives possible.

Free Obon practice sessions began July 31 for those looking to learn the dances ahead of time or to brush up on their moves, and two sessions remain before the festival: Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10. These will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Sangha Hall at SACBC. Dance practices are optional Ñ you need not practice to participate in the event.

On Sunday, August 13, SACBC will hold its annual Buddhist Obon Spiritual Service for our departed loved ones. Those who recently lost their loved ones within the past year are especially welcome. We will be conducting a special service for them called Hatsubon (First Obon Service). During this festival and remembrance, our caring and gratitude extends to all people and all living beings.

Obon Festival
Saturday, Aug 12?
5 p.m. Ð 6 p.m.: Food Sales?
7 p.m.: Bon Dance

Obon Service
Sunday, Aug 13
10 a.m.

Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church?
32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd, ?Union City
(510) 471-2581

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