Tanabata 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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