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FESTIVAL OF SOULS

When is Festival of Souls in 2019?

Festival of Souls in 2019 is on the Thursday, 15th of Aug (8/15/2019).

Festival of Souls is on the 227th day of 2019. There are 138 days left in the year.

Festival of Souls Facts

  • Date: Aug 15, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: Obon
  • Celebrations: Bon dance
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The Festival of Souls also referred as Obon, is a Buddhist celebration, celebrated during July in Japan and August in China. This is not an official national holiday.

The Japanese believe that during this period the souls of their ancestors return to their homes on earth. This is the time when people can guide and help their ancestors' spirits to find peace.

During this festival of period 3 days, families hang lanterns outside their houses and beside the graves to welcome the souls to home, variety of food are offered to the souls of ancestors. During this period people gather for outdoor dances known as Bon dance.

There is a story behind this festival, there was a Buddhist monk named Mokuren. After his mother's death, he had a vision that her mother's soul is not in peace because of the life she lived on earth. He asked his Guru how he could help his mother. His Guru told him he had to perform good deeds within the community in order to balance his mother's bad deeds so that her soul could get peace. Mokuren worked as per his Guru's advice and when he realized that his mother's soul was now at peace due to his good deeds, he broke into a joyful dance of relief that is known as the Bon dance

Festival of Souls Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • Jul 13, 2009
  • Festival of Souls(solar date)
  • Tue
  • Jul 13, 2010
  • Festival of Souls(solar date)
  • Wed
  • Jul 13, 2011
  • Festival of Souls(solar date)
  • Fri
  • Aug 31, 2012
  • Festival of Souls(solar date)

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Japan in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 14, 2019Jan 14Coming of Age Day
MondayMonFeb 11, 2019Feb 11National Foundation Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Spring Equinox
MondayMonApr 29, 2019Apr 29Showa Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03Constitution Memorial Day
SaturdaySatMay 04, 2019May 04Greenery Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05Children's Day
MondayMonMay 06, 2019May 06Children's Day Observed
MondayMonJul 15, 2019Jul 15Marine Day
SundaySunAug 11, 2019Aug 11Mountain Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12Mountain Day Holiday
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16Respect for the Aged Day
MondayMonSep 23, 2019Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonOct 14, 2019Oct 14Health and Sports Day
SundaySunNov 03, 2019Nov 03Culture Day
SaturdaySatNov 23, 2019Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day
TuesdayTueDec 31, 2019Dec 31Omisoka