Tanabata Festival

Today many Japanese are celebrating Tanabata – also known as the Star Festival.

Tanabata – meaning “Evening of the seventh” – celebrates the meeting of two stars which are usually separated by the Milky Way and only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.   Watch this video to learn more about the story of Tanabata.

Listen to the Tanabata song and read the lyrics.

Listen to the Tanabata song as you read the lyrics.

People celebrate by writing wishes on small pieces of paper (called tanzaku) and hanging them on bamboo branches with hopes they will come true.

tanzakuParades and fireworks are part of the celebrations as well.

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