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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Como Japanese Lantern fest

Obon is an important Japanese cultural and family holiday, at which ancestral spirits are said to revisit their families for three days. Families pay their respects at grave sites and put out offerings of food and drink on a tray before household altars. They also light lanterns or small fires outside the house to symbolically guide the souls to the home. On the last evening of Obon, lanterns again guide the spirits back to their resting places.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2017
Photo Location: St.Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Francie Duea