Obon Festival at Ekoji Temple

Celebration remembers ancestors who passed away.

Hundreds of people attended the Obon Summer Festival Saturday, July 13, at the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station. The 1,500-year-old Japanese tradition with music, dancing, food and exhibits remembers loved ones who passed away before us and are at peace in nirvana. The feast included chicken teriyaki bento dinners and spam musubi. The Ekoji Festival ended with a candlelight service in the Three Treasures Garden.