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Tanabata

Definition: July 7th is called Tanabata in Japan.

It's a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku paper (colorful, small strips of paper) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also hang many kinds of paper decorations on bamboo branches and place them outside their houses.

People celebrate the day at home and in schools. Many cities and towns hold festivals and have Tanabata displays decorating the main streets. In some regions, people light lanterns and float them on the river, or float bamboo leaves on the river.

Can be held in June, July, August or September.

Elsewhere on the Web:

Tanabata Festivals
Japan for Visitors Guide Shizuko Mishima reviews the customs and traditions of Tanabata Festivals.
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