Saturday, July 6, 2013

Star Festival (Tanabata, 七夕)☆☆☆

July 7th is Star festival (link) in Japan;
Traditionally, we write our wishes on strip of paper (tanzaku) and tie them to the bamboo branches. Here is the quote from the link "Separated by the milky way, two star crossed lovers are only able to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month based on the lunisolar calendar. The legend of Hikoboshi (the star known as Alter) and Orihime (the star known as Vega) has roots in China but has been associated with Japan’s Tanabata festival since the sixth century." 

Kind of romantic, isn't it♡   And also people wish for improved technical skills and abilities in homage to the legend of Hikoboshi and Orihime. At school, children write their wishes on 'tanzaku' for school projects. This year, I will wish for my family's health; especially father rather than any of my skills.  
Do you have anything special to wish for the star?

1 comment:

High Heeled Life said...

Miyako - this is so amazing!! Love the tradition you have shared. I do a similar thing (writing wishes) at the new moon phase you can read about it on my post here ... It's amazing how many things different cultures share. Blessings, C. (HHL)