Tanabata Matsuri …七夕祭り

On the seventh day of the seventh month, the two lovers, Orihime and Hikoboshi meets for one day from being separated by the Milky Way throughout the whole year. July 7th is the only day they are allowed to meet and show their love for each other. This is the story of the Tanabata Festival. In Japan, people who believe in this story write their wishes in tanzaku where they burn it, believing that their wishes will come true.

Tanabata Festival’s story came from China. There are many stories about Orihime and Hikoboshi all throughout Japan. These stories originated from the Chinese Qixi festival. This festival was also brought by Empress Koken in the year 755.

Part of learning the Japanese culture, the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School celebrates the Tanabata Matsuri every year. Each of the students is encouraged to write down his/her wishes in the tanzaku. This school year 2015-2016, the school celebrated the festival at the tenth of July. Everyone was very excited to witness the burning of bamboos with emotions filled with joy and excitement.

This festival helps the people to always believe, to never give up with their dreams and to not lose hope even if their wishes are so impossible to be true. One just needs these two main ingredients to make their wishes come true. First is TIME- one needs to wait for the right time and second is EFFORT- so that while waiting one can be sure that there will be an answer to his/her wishes. ( Andrelee Bulat-ag)

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