Tanabata Festival


Tanabata is a traditional Japanese festival that celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars Vega and Altair, respectively. According to the legend, these two lovers are separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, which is around July 7th.

During Tanabata, people write their wishes on small strips of paper called tanzaku and hang them on bamboo branches. These bamboo decorations, often adorned with colorful paper, are displayed in homes and public places. The festival is a time for celebration, making wishes, and participating in various cultural activities and events.

Tanabata is celebrated with different customs and traditions throughout Japan, and it is also known by other names in various regions. The festival has its roots in a Chinese legend and has been adopted and adapted by different cultures over time.