Friday, August 5, 5:30-7:30pm, Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presented

Brattleboro’s Tanabata-Obon Festival 2016

downtown in Pliny Park, corner of High and Main Streets. This festival celebrates two Japanese traditions – a double summer festival – in a single evening observance, downtown, during the August Gallery Walk, August 5th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Obon is a celebration of ancestors and remembrance of loved ones and the departed. Tanabata is a star festival for communities to make wishes for the future (happening each year when the paths of two of the brightest stars, Vega and Altair, meet in the sky). The public is invited to walk a lantern-lit path to the Table of Remembrance. There will also be origami crane-making. All welcome and all ages.

There is an ongoing public exhibit (available to view by appointment, 802-257-7898) at C.X. Silver Gallery in West Brattleboro of kiri-e fabric collage pictures created by young women survivors of Hiroshima in the ’40s. More information about the kiri-e is at accvt.org/events/exhibitions/kiri-e.

For further information on Asian culture events in southern Vermont, including Tanabata-Obon, visit Asian Cultural Center of Vermont’s (ACCVT) website at accvt.org or contact ACCVT Executive Director Adam Silver at (802) 257-7898. Thanks to ACCVT Board Trustees Yasuko Parmenter and Michelle Mahin for coordinating this event.

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Tanabata-Obon in Brattleboro
Tanabata Obon Festival, downtown Brattleboro, August 7, 5-8pm, Pliny Park

There are albums of images from Tanabata-Obon events for 2011, 2015 and 2016.