7.08.2008

Tanabata

Yesterday was Tanabata day( the star festival), there were bamboo branches decorated with colored paper everywhere, in stores and family houses, apartments , everybody was displaying their decorated bamboo branches.

You are supposed to write a wish on a piece of paper and hang it on the bamboo branch and after tanabata this branch is burned with the paper ornaments and wishes, this is said to make the wishes go up to the Deitys and then they will make your wish come true.

To me it looked a lot like a summer kinda Xmas, you have a branch that is placed much like a pine tree, and then its decorated with paper ornaments and streamers anything you like as long as its paper and kids have a lot of fun putting these up so taking the presents and Santa out of the picture it is very similar, at least to me it is


Jya ne.

5 comments:

Veldherr said...

What did you wish for? hehe J-Mas :P

billy said...

I think these small festivals are so beautiful in Japan I have read somewhere that Japanese people very superstitious and they believe in so many thins. But whatever it is I think it is beautiful custom.

Gyouen Sakura festival said...

All the festivals in Japan have some historical stories behind it. I love festivals no matter which country it is. But Japanese festivals are so beautiful and they believe in so many things. I like that...

Anonymous said...

Great view of japanese festivals. I've been to Japan 2 months ago, but unfortunately there was no festival around at that time, I hope I'll be luckier next time!
またね

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