In Japan every year, they celebrate a star Matsuri called Tanabata. This happens on July 7th, or close to it as possible. The celebration is based around the story of two star crossed lovers who can only meet once a
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Tanabata 2010

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by rieladmin on Saturday, 10 July, 2010


In Japan every year, they celebrate a star Matsuri called Tanabata. This happens on July 7th, or close to it as possible.

The celebration is based around the story of two star crossed lovers who can only meet once a year.

Once there was a young weaver for clothes of the gods named Orihime(the star Altair), and her Father Tenkou was proud of her hard work. Though she was lonely at the thought that because of her work, she would never have the chance to fall in love and marry. Her father arranged for her to meet Hikiboshi, a cow herder (the star Vega) and it became a love match and they married. They both neglected their duties and nothing was done. They were forcibly separated across the Milky Way so they both could attend to them, and only allowed to meet once a year from then on.

In Japan, people place wishes on papers and hang them from specially designated bamboo as the morning begins of the festival. If it does not rain, the wishes will be granted according to tradition.

Wear your yukata and come to Caledon Cairtagh’s Coughton Court under the stars this evening at 8.30pm SLT to 10pm SLT and join Presenter Mitsu Figaro and her Host, Touma Yoshikawa as we celebrate this event under the stars!

You may also listen in via your media player at http://music.radioriel.org if you are unable to attend.

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