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FESTIVAL OF SOULS

When is Festival of Souls in 2023?

Festival of Souls in 2023 is on the Sunday, 13th of Aug (8/13/2023).

Festival of Souls is on the 225th day of 2023. There are 140 days left in the year.

Festival of Souls Facts

  • Date: Aug 13, 2023
  • 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)

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DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 10, 2022Jan 10Coming of Age Day
FridayFriFeb 11, 2022Feb 11National Foundation Day
WednesdayWedFeb 23, 2022Feb 23Emperor's Birthday
MondayMonMar 21, 2022Mar 21Spring Equinox
FridayFriApr 29, 2022Apr 29Showa Day
TuesdayTueMay 03, 2022May 03Constitution Memorial Day
WednesdayWedMay 04, 2022May 04Greenery Day
ThursdayThuMay 05, 2022May 05Children's Day
MondayMonJul 18, 2022Jul 18Marine Day
TuesdayTueAug 09, 2022Aug 09Mountain Day Holiday
ThursdayThuAug 11, 2022Aug 11Mountain Day
SaturdaySatAug 13, 2022Aug 13Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 19, 2022Sep 19Respect for the Aged Day
FridayFriSep 23, 2022Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonOct 10, 2022Oct 10Health and Sports Day
ThursdayThuNov 03, 2022Nov 03Culture Day
WednesdayWedNov 23, 2022Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas Day

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