Obon Service, and the Obon Odori that accompanies it, are observed between July 15 and August 15 in Buddhist temples and communities. Together they form a mixture of solemn respect, reflection, and gaiety.
Among Japanese Buddhists, Obon has become a traditional observance and is certainly one of the most colorful events occurring during the year. The true significance of Obon Service and Festival lies in the re-dedication of ourselves to the Buddhist way of life by reflecting upon the love, affection, compassion, and virtues that our parents, and others who have passed on before us, have given to us while they were still alive. Let us pause and reflect upon the hardships and sacrifices which they made for our sake so that we can clearly understand the interdependence of all life and all things. Through this realization, may we all come to lead a life of thanksgiving and become Buddhists with deep awareness.