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FESTIVAL OF SOULS

When is Festival of Souls in 2022?

Festival of Souls in 2022 is on the Saturday, 13th of Aug (8/13/2022).

Festival of Souls is on the 225th day of 2022. There are 140 days left in the year.

Festival of Souls Facts

  • Date: Aug 13, 2022
  • 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 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11Coming of Age Day
ThursdayThuFeb 11, 2021Feb 11National Foundation Day
TuesdayTueFeb 23, 2021Feb 23Emperor's Birthday
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20Spring Equinox
ThursdayThuApr 29, 2021Apr 29Showa Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03Constitution Memorial Day
TuesdayTueMay 04, 2021May 04Greenery Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05Children's Day
MondayMonJul 19, 2021Jul 19Marine Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Mountain Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09Mountain Day Holiday
SundaySunAug 22, 2021Aug 22Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 20, 2021Sep 20Respect for the Aged Day
ThursdayThuSep 23, 2021Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonOct 11, 2021Oct 11Health and Sports Day
WednesdayWedNov 03, 2021Nov 03Culture Day
TuesdayTueNov 23, 2021Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas Day