Tanabata (七夕) is a Japanese star festival. It is known as a Japanese Valentine day as well. The festival generally has been celebrated on the 07 July of every year. It is a popular culture and widely celebrated in the school in Japan. The Milky Way has separated the common story, lover ‘Orihime’ and ‘Hikoboshi’ (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). They can meet only once a year in the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. This meeting day is known as ‘ Tanabata’ in Japan.

The ‘Tanabata’ is widely celebrated in the elementary school and in the house where has children by ornamenting bamboo branch with papercrafts. The schools arrange an event on the Tanabata and ornament ‘bamboo trees’ with paper craft and design like star and sky. (similar to Christmas Tree). In the event, parents attend in school and together with children make crafts and paper design. There is believed, in the craft if children write their desire – it will be full-filled in the Tanabata day. So all children write their wishes in the paper. Although the actual day of Tanabata is 7th July, the school started to make ‘Tanabata Tree’ from 1 July. The teachers also read the ‘folk story’ on the Tanabata in front of students and parents.

July 7th, 2015|