Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tanabata Japanese star festival

Tanabata is the stat festival that is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunar moon.

tanabata kusudama
The celebration is based on the legend of the stars Hikoboshi (Alter) and Orihime (Vega). Princess Orihime wove clothes for her father the King Tentei with great dedication, The King arranged the wedding of his daughter to cow herder Hikoboshi, who lived at the other side of the milky way (amanogawa lit. heaven’s river), they where so happy and in love that after marriage they neglected weaving and cow herding work, King tentei was so Angry by this that he separate the lovers on opposite sides of the milky way, and allowed them to meet only once a year on July 7th, when magpies flock to make a bridge so Orihime can cross and meet Hikobishi. It is also said when it rains the magpies cannot come and the lover have to wait another year to meet.

tanabata paper strip
During the festival people write wishes on pieces of paper and hang them from sprigs of bamboo.


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