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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)

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Japan in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
TuesdayTueJan 02, 2018Jan 02New Year's Day Holiday
WednesdayWedJan 03, 2018Jan 03New Year's Day Holiday
MondayMonJan 08, 2018Jan 08Coming of Age Day
SundaySunFeb 11, 2018Feb 11National Foundation Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Foundation Day Observed
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21Spring Equinox
SundaySunApr 29, 2018Apr 29Showa Day
MondayMonApr 30, 2018Apr 30Showa Day Observed
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03Constitution Memorial Day
FridayFriMay 04, 2018May 04Greenery Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05Children's Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16Marine Day
SaturdaySatAug 11, 2018Aug 11Mountain Day
SaturdaySatAug 25, 2018Aug 25Festival of Souls (Obon)
MondayMonSep 17, 2018Sep 17Respect for the Aged Day
SundaySunSep 23, 2018Sep 23Autumn Equinox Day
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Autumn Equinox Observed
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08Sports Day
SaturdaySatNov 03, 2018Nov 03Culture Day
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Labor Thanksgiving Day
SundaySunDec 23, 2018Dec 23Emperor's Birthday
MondayMonDec 24, 2018Dec 24Emperor's Birthday Observed
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day
MondayMonDec 31, 2018Dec 31Omisoka