Obon Festival at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Albuquerque
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Obon Festival

Respect Your Elders

The Japanese aesthetic is a beautiful thing. Paired with the calming love of the Buddhist religion we find a beautiful evening in celebration of both life and death. The Obon Festival at the ABQ Botanic Garden brings us an experience that may seem a little familiar to our own culture, Día de los Muertos. Obon or Bon is the Japanese-Buddhist celebration honoring the spirits of one's ancestors. In Japanese households, they adorn altars and visit the graves as they have for over 500 years. Be part of the celebration on Thursday, Aug. 16 from 7 to 9pm, with gates opening at 6:30pm. The evening includes singing, Bon-Odori folk dancing, live taiko drumming and food for purchase fitting of the evening with items such as chicken yakitori, mochi ice cream and a cash bar with chilled sake. All participants receive a lantern to write on and send off into the pond at dusk to honor their own ancestors. This event is for the whole family and costs $6 for children and seniors, $12 for adults and member discounts. (Mayo Lua de Frenchie)

Thursday Aug 16, 2018

2601 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Phone: 768-2000
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Phone: 505-768-2000

A cultural holiday honoring the spirits of ancestors with folk dances, taiko drumming, lanterns and food. Participants receive a floating lantern and are released into the pond in the evening.

Join us in the Japanese Garden for singing, dancing, drumming, and delicious food at the Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden’s Obon Festival. This a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. Obon is an important cultural and family holiday to honor the spirit of one’s ancestors. Enjoy traditions of the festival including folk dances, taiko drumming, lanterns and food. 

All participants will receive a floating lantern to write on. The lanterns will be released into the pond during the evening.