Palm Beach County

Bon Festival at the Morikami

Bon FestivalSaturday, August 18, 4-9pm - 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach

The Morikami will celebrate the 35th annual Bon Festival in one enlivening evening! This uplifting festival is inspired by Obon, Japan’s traditional three-day holiday honoring ancestors and thanking them for the quality of life enjoyed by the living. The evening features taiko drum performances, traditional Japanese folk dancing and a street fair with games and vendor booths. Guests are invited to purchase hand-crafted lanterns to write a special message to passed loved ones. The highlight of the evening will begin at sunset when Morikami Pond, surrounded by the beautiful Roji-en garden, will be transformed into a tranquil sea of lighted lanterns that, in accordance with Japanese custom, guide the departure of ancestors’ souls who have come for a brief visit among the living. A special fireworks display will cap the enchanting evening.   Bon Festival 2012 is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.

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