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FESTIVAL OF SOULS

When is Festival of Souls in 2018?

Festival of Souls in 2018 is on the Saturday, 25th of Aug (8/25/2018).

Festival of Souls is on the 237th day of 2018. There are 128 days left in the year.

Quick Facts : Festival of Souls

  • Date: Aug 25, 2018
  • 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)

Japan holidays celebrated in year 2018

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • Jan 01, 2018
  • Tue
  • Jan 02, 2018
  • Wed
  • Jan 03, 2018
  • Mon
  • Jan 08, 2018
  • Wed
  • Mar 21, 2018
  • Sun
  • Apr 29, 2018
  • Mon
  • Apr 30, 2018
  • Fri
  • May 04, 2018
  • Sat
  • May 05, 2018
  • Mon
  • Jul 16, 2018
  • Sat
  • Aug 11, 2018
  • Sun
  • Sep 23, 2018
  • Mon
  • Oct 08, 2018
  • Sat
  • Nov 03, 2018
  • Fri
  • Nov 23, 2018
  • Sun
  • Dec 23, 2018
  • Tue
  • Dec 25, 2018
  • Mon
  • Dec 31, 2018