Fresno Obon This Saturday

Fresno Gumyo Taiko at the Fresno Obon in 2014.

Fresno Gumyo Taiko at the Fresno Obon in 2014.

FRESNO — Fresno Buddhist Temple will present its Obon/Festival of Lanterns on Saturday, July 9, at Fresno Buddhist Dharma center, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave. in Fresno.

Doors open at 2 p.m. Foods, desserts and beverages with an Asian flair will be sold while supplies last.

Bingo, carnival games and bake-walks start at 4 p.m., followed by taiko drumming at 5 p.m.

Bon dance starts at 7:30 p.m. No experience necessary — feel free to join in. Personalized memorial lanterns will be displayed. Enter a raffle drawing to win $2,000 (first prize) or $500 (second prize).

Free parking. For more information, call (559) 442-4054, email or visit

From Geppo, the temple newsletter:

What Obon is about…

It’s about honoring the past, appreciating the moment.

It’s a Festival of Lanterns.