BRIEF: Oban Festival to honor ancestors coming to Spokane

Obon Festivals honor the spirits of one's ancestors
Obon Festivals honor the spirits of one’s ancestors

For the first time in at least 25 years the Buddhist Temple of Spokane will be putting on an Oban Festival later this month.

The festival is a Japanese Buddhist custom designed to honor the spirits of one's ancestors.

It includes Japanese food, martial arts and a variety of games for kids of all ages. Inside the gym, Japanese exhibits and demonstrations of Japanese art and crafts will be featured. Entertainment will be by Spokane Taiko, Narong (singing Japanese folk songs), and Kendrick with Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Events will be Saturday (Aug. 17) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the temple, 927 S. Perry and Aug. 18 beginning at 4 p.m. The highlight of the festival is the Bon Odori or Bon Dancing to be held on the green on the temple property on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.


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