OCBC Obon Festival This Weekend

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The Orange County Buddhist Church, 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim, will hold its Obon festival and bazaar-carnival on July 17-18.

In Japan, Obon evolved from the religious custom of honoring the deceased with memorial services. During this time, comparable holidays are observed throughout the Buddhist world.

The traditional Obon dance expresses joy for the teachings offered by the Buddha. The movements depict the livelihood of the villagers such as fishermen, coal miners, and farmers.

The bazaar-carnival will feature many games for young and old. This year’s raffle will offer many prizes. The drawing will be held on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Winners need not be present to win.

Handicrafts and farm fresh produce will be on sale at bargain prices. Delicious Asian dishes such as beef and chicken teriyaki, sushi, udon (Japanese noodles), won ton, chow mein, corn, teri-burgers, chicken salad, Okinawa dango (donuts), Imagawa yaki (sweet bean dessert), oden, soft drinks, snow cones and other treats will be available.

The Hondo (sanctuary) will be open to any interested visitors, and hosts from the Buddhist Education Center will be available to answer any questions. Books on Buddhism will be sold at the entrance of the Hondo.

The public is invited to attend all events, including the Obon dances. Admission is free. For information, call (714) 827-9590 or email [email protected]

The Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 12371 Braddock Drive, Culver City, is also holding its Obon festival this weekend. Obon dancing starts at 6:30 p.m. For info, call (310) 391-4351 or email [email protected]

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