Tanabata (七夕)

Today is the day of the Tanabata (七夕) in Japan!

It is a festival that celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair, respectively). Orihime and Hikoboshi are in love, but they were separated by the Milky Way (天の川, あまのがわ), and according to the legend, they are only able to meet each other on the seventh day of the seven lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. This date varies every year, but some festivities are always held on July 7th of the Gregorian Calendar.

As a tradition in this star festival, Japanese people write their own wishes in pieces of paper / cards, which are then hanged in bamboo branches along with other decorations. Then people pray to the stars, so that they fulfill their wishes 🙂

Here is a picture from Tanabata decorations!

So, what’s your wish? 🙂


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