Berkeley Obon This Saturday

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Dance instructors Michiya Hanayagi (left) and Michisuya Hanayagi are regulars at the Berkeley Obon.

Dance instructors Michiya Hanayagi (left) and Michisuya Hanayagi are regulars at the Berkeley Obon.

BERKELEY — The annual Bon Odori will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way (near Shattuck) in Berkeley.

Obon is an annual event to commemorate our ancestors. It is a time of gratitude, giving, and joy. Traditionally, lanterns are hung in front of houses, dances are performed, and food offerings are made at house altars and temples.

This event is held jointly with Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. The two temples take turns serving as host. The street will be closed and parking may be a bit challenging, so arrive early.

The last dance practice will be held on Thursday, July 9, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., led by the Hanayagi Dance School. Everyone is invited to participate.

Obon services will be held Sunday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m. at Berkeley Buddhist Temple and 2 p.m. at Berkeley Higashi Honganji, 1524 Oregon St.

For more information, call (510) 841-1356 or (510) 843-6933 or visit www.berkeleysangha.org or www.bombu.org.

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