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七夕祭り(たなばたまつり) Tanabata Festival

Tanabata Festival is believed to be originated in China. The Tanabata Festival celebrates the legendary meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi; which are represented by the stars Vega and Altair. In Japan, it takes place on July 7 on the lunar calendar. The Load of Hosts, Orihime’s father, allowed them to get married, but later he forced his daughter to come home as he was angry about his daughter discontinued weaving after the marriage. Children in Japan write their wishes on Tanzaku (colourful paper cut into strips) and hang them on bamboo, wishing Orihime and Hikoboshi can meet as they can only meet if the weather is good.


七夕祭り(たなばたまつり)は、中国(ちゅうごく)から日本(にほん)に伝(つた)えられたと信(しん)じられています。太陽暦(たいようれき)の7月7日に、織姫(おりひめ)と彦星(ひこぼし)が一年(いちねん)に一度(いちど)だけ会(あ)えるという伝説(でんせつ)を元(もと)にしたお祭(まつ)りです。織姫はベガ、彦星はアルテアという星(ほし)にたとえられています。河(かわ)の東側(ひがしがわ)に住む天帝の娘(むすめ)織姫は彦星と結婚(けっこん)することを許(ゆる)されましたが、結婚してから機織り(はたおり)をやめたことで天帝(てんてい)の怒(いか)りを買(か)い、天帝は織姫に家(いえ)に帰(かええ)ることを強要(きょうよう)し、その後(ご)二人(ふたり)は一年(いちねん)に一度(いちど)だけしか会(あ)うことを許(ゆる)されませんでした。 日本(にほん)の子供(こども)たちは、7月7日にお天気(てんき)がよくなり、織姫と彦星が会えるように祈(いの)りを込(こ)めて短冊(たんざく)に願い事(ねがいごと)を書(か)きます。

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