Roundup of Obon Festival News

At last year’s Bon Odori, dance instructor Roberta Cook of Santa Barbara Buddhist Church beams with happiness as she is surrounded by members of other churches and temples from around the Southland. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

At last year’s Bon Odori, dance instructor Roberta Cook of Santa Barbara Buddhist Church beams with happiness as she is surrounded by members of other churches and temples from around the Southland. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

It is Obon Festival season. Here are some news items from around the US on Bon dances and other events over the past week: “Buddhists honor their deceased ancestors this week“, (Religion News Service), “Santa Barbara Bon Dance Continues” (Rafu Shimpo),”Japanese folk dancing, taiko drumming to highlight 69th Annual Obon Festival in Upper Deerfield” (South Jersey Times),”Community of Faith: Odon/Odori Dance is Saturday” (Appeal Democrat), “Annual Obon Festival scheduled this weekend” (Los Altos Town Crier), “Hundreds celebrate Buddhist culture at Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival” (Monterey Herald News), “Japanese festival of joy bonds families, ancestors” (Deseret News).

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