Obon Festival (August)
Obon is one of the most important annual festivals in Japan and takes place in the summer. It is based on the Buddhist belief that the spirits of ancestors return to their family home at this time of year.
In this lesson, students will learn about the customs and activities associated with Obon and summer festivals in Japan.
- To learn about the traditions and customs associated with Obon, one of the most important annual festivals in Japan.
- Students will be able to explain the main events/activities of Obon in sequential order.
- Students will make a paper lantern representing the Chochin lamps used at the festival.
- Obon Lesson Plan - PDF (453KB)
- Obon Background Notes - PDF (428 KB)
- Obon Presentation - PowerPoint PPTX (6.6MB)
- Obon Sequence Cards - PDF (1.7 MB)
- Obon Activity Pack - PDF (2 MB) - Suitable for both classroom and home learning!
- Obon Video