On Thursday, August 10, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., the Japanese Garden at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden is hosting an Obon Festival. This is sort of a Japanese version of our local Day of the Dead celebration, a traditional Buddhist festival for honoring one’s ancestors. You get to make floating lanterns and send them out on the big koi pond!
Here’s the official info from the city web site:
Obon Festival at Japanese Garden
Join us in the Japanese Garden to make floating lanterns during one of the Garden’s Summer Night music performances.
The Baskery concert starts at 7:00 p.m. on the Festival Green and concert attendees are invited to the Japanese Garden to make floating lanterns while supplies last.
Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and tables and supplies will be set up at 7:00 p.m. The lanterns will float throughout the evening. The festival is included with Summer Nights admission.