Japan Glances. Tanabata , or the star festival, is observed on July 7. As the date approaches, long, narrow strips of colorful paper known as tanzaku , vibrant ornaments, and other decorations are hung from bamboo branches, enlivening the decor of homes as well as brightening shopping arcades, train stations, and other public spaces. A child places tanabata decorations on a bamboo branch. The stellar holiday centers on the stars Vega and Altair in the constellations Lyra and Aquila, respectively.
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Tanabata - Wikipedia
Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star Altair and Weaver Star Vega , lovers separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year - on the seventh day of the seventh month. Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. They then pray hard that their wishes will come true. The Tanabata festival is thought to have started in China.
According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on 7 July of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.
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