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The BON-ODORI, Japanese Dance Festival is coming to the town of NEW PALTZ
When: Sunday, August 4th
12 noon - 9 pm
Where: Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz NY
Youko Yamamoto and the committee members have been working on producing the third annual Bon-Odori, New Paltz Dance Festival. In August, it is Japanese tradition to observe 'OBON', which is the Buddhist ritual of remembering and reconnecting with our ancestors and family. Around that time the members of the community gather to celebrate by dancing together. We will feature taiko drumming, Japanese dances, dances from around the world, Japanese martial arts demonstrations, local business exhibitions, and food vendors. Bon-Odori or Bon-Dance is gaining popularity all over the world. In addition to the original nature of the event, Yamamoto has been trying to present the event as a peace movement. A peace ceremony will take place in order to send prayers to the victims of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima, as well as a presentation outlining the details and lingering consequences from the use of nuclear energy. We will welcome the Buddhist priests from Tendai-shu, Albany to conduct a ceremony and chant the 'Heart Sutra'. The goal of the peace ceremony is to raise awareness, "RETHINK ENERGY" and aim for "NO NUKES".