The Midsummer Lantern Festival from 13 — 16th July.It is to celebrate the souls of the dead reaching Sanzu No Kawa, which is similar to the Greek Underworld's River STYX, even to the point of having to pay for the ferry, although in this case there is an old ferrywoman, Sod Zu Baba, instead of a man.
By the 15th the souls arrive at Gadiko, a purgatory, to be sorted.
Meanwhile the living light lanterns, fires, fireworks as they dance and feast amidst floral decorations to give the Souls a good send off — culminating in floating lighted candles on rivers.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Japan
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Legendary Event
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
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