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Tanabata Festival Week: August 13 – Aug 17
August 13, 2018
Tanabata Festival Week:
TANABATA DECORATION WEEK:
Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17th.
Please to bring your own Origami decorations and Tanzaku/prayer papers to Temple KUKURI during this week and feel free to decorate our bamboos out side of our building.
DECORATION ORIGAMI CRAFT DAY:
Tuesday, August 14th 11am to 12pm & Thursday, August 16th 7pm to 8pm. During our Tea Meditation Circle, we will be making making origami decorations and write prayer papers. Please join us. ( free for members and $5-$10 donation for non-members). Please bring your own scissors.
Friday, August 17th 6:30pm to 9:30pm Fee:$35/Associate member*, $45/Non-Associate members. Reservation is required. Open to public. Click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat . Prepayment is required. ($10 non-refundable registration fee once your payment is made.) Payment: cash, check, PayPal (email@example.com) or credit card (reserve through(eventbrite) This is a Unique fundraising Tea Tasting Party which you can taste a few different kinds of carefully selected organic summer teas from Japan along with traditional & modern authentic style confections and Zen style meal*. There will be a meditative tea ceremony and prayer time at the end in our beautiful tea room. Guests will be making traditional origami decorations and Tanzaku/prayer papers for bamboos.
What is Tanabata/Star-Prayer Festival?
Tanabata is a Japanese tradition in which people write their wishes on small, colorful strips of papers and hang them on bamboo branches. The Japanese term for these papers is tanzaku. Alternatively, some people also decorate bamboo branches with various kinds of paper decorations and place them outside of their houses. Tanabata celebrates a number of different concepts, including love, wishes, playfulness and beauty, all while explaining the constellations.
The Origin of Tanabata
It’s said that the origin of Tanabata, which is also known as the Star Festival, dates back to more than 2,000 years ago. Its roots are described in an old Chinese tale. According to the tale, once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they played all the time and began to neglect their work. This angered the king, who separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way) as punishment.
The king relented somewhat and allowed Orihime and Hikoboshi to see each other once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Tanabata literally means the night of the seventh. The Japanese believe that Orihime and Hikoboshi can’t see each other if the weather is rainy, so it’s customary to pray for good weather on this day and also to make wishes.
Organizer of New Moon Tea Ceremony
Temple KUKURI – Wholistic Living Sanctuary, Japanese Tea and Meditation Center is a non-profit, spiritually based, non-denominational association now forming. Our mission is to share teachings of Wholistic Living in mind, body and spirit. Through the creation of a sanctuary or safe haven, we hold a space for healing, connection and love for self, for each other, for our Mother Earth and for all of life. Temple KUKURI is a place for us to practice mindfulness, compassionate communication, wholistic living arts, multi-cultural activities, sustainable living and to explore various meditation and spiritual practices.
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