Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tanabata Festival ( 七夕)

Hi dear readers,
Today is Tanabata, Japanese star festival day. The legend behind this festival is the meeting of lover between Orihime  and Hikoboshi who is good at weaving and cultivated. According to the legend, Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess) is a weaver who waves very beautiful clothes along the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "Heavenly river").
She concentrates on her weaving and has no time to meet and fall in love with anyone. Therefore her father arranges her to meet with Hikoboshi (彦星 Cow Herder Star) who lives on the other side of the Amanogawa river. They fell in love shortly after meeting with each other and got married. They stopped doing their job once they got married . 
As a result, Tentei (天帝 Sky King) father of the Orihime separated the lovers and allow them to meet only once a year on a seventh day of seventh lunar on lunisolar calender.  
Source: Cho Dua

Source: Japan-guide
Nowadays , people are celebrating Tanabata by writing the wish on a small paper and hang it on the bamboo tree. However the celebration varies from region to region between July and August. People may put on Yukata which is a Japanese summer kimono. There is also a parade depends on the region.

Source: Hoshino Area

Source: Niigata kankou

Source: 47news

Source: Nikkansports

Source: Kouyou-nihon-kankou

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