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Obon Festival 2024

Obon Festival

Date:

August, 2024

Location: Luzon

, Philippines

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About the Event

Held annually on the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, Obon Festival is a celebration that honors and pays respect to ancestors held in Luzon, Philippines. On this day, families visit cemeteries and ancestral homes to return the offerings of foods and drinks made to their deceased relatives during the previous year.

 

History and Highlights

The origin of Obon Festival can be traced back to the 8th century when it was believed that the spirits of their ancestors would come down from heaven to join their living relatives. To welcome them, local people began lighting lanterns which eventually evolved into large bonfires lit at each family’s home. Traditional dances are performed by locals while music is played on bamboo instruments like the kulintang. Other highlights include elaborate processions where colorful costumes, dragon floats, and floral decorations are used as part of the festivities.

 

Events and Activities

Visitors can expect to experience cultural activities such as street parades and performances, fireworks displays, and bonfire ceremonies. Local vendors sell various food items for the festival including dumplings, noodles, fruits, sweets, and other snacks. There are also competitions to see who can make the biggest firecrackers or the most intricate paper fans.

 

Nearby Attractions

Visit the old city walls of Intramuros, take a tour of the Tagaytay Highlands, marvel at the beauty of Taal Lake, or have fun at the beaches of Bataan and Zambales. For more adventure-seeking travelers, head up to Mount Pulag and trek through its lush forests. And don’t forget to try some local delicacies such as pancit palabok and lechon!

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