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Video: How to Make a Chouchin – Lantern

Subject: Art & Design / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3 / GCSE+
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years / 11-15 years / 15+ years
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Every summer in August, Japanese people celebrate a festival called Obon. This Buddhist celebration is based on the belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time of year.

Traditionally people light chouchin lanterns on the first day of Obon to invite the spirits back.

Follow the video to make a paper lantern.