August 13 – 16, 2022
Obon is an event when the souls of ancestors come back and stay for a couple of days.
Obon is regarded as one of the most important family occasions of the year in Japan. Although obon is not an official holiday, many offices are temporarily closed for business during this period. Due to this measure, many employees can easily plan and go back to their hometowns for family gatherings.
As mentioned above, during the Obon holiday, people go back to their hometowns and visit their family graves.
The traditional way to spend the Obon holiday is visiting family graves.
The Obon holiday begins with traditional ‘Mukaebi’, in which people burn a small fire at the gate of the house to welcome the spirit of ancestors. We light the fire again to send the spirit back in the evening of the last day of Obon holidays.
Obon is one of the Japanese traditions.
Wish you all a relaxed and peaceful Obon holiday. 🙂