The Obon festival consists of the arrival, celebration, and departure of ancestors.


I think the usual schedule is:

Aug 13 -- [迎]{むか}え[盆]{ぼん} or [盆入]{ぼんい}り
Aug 14, 15 -- [盆]{ぼん}の[中日]{なかび} or [盆中日]{ぼんなかび}
Aug 16 -- [送]{おく}り[盆]{ぼん} or [盆明]{ぼんあ}け

「迎え」 and 「送り」(masu-form of 迎える/送る) mean "to welcome" and "to send off" (the spirits of the dead), respectively.
「入り」 and 「明け」 mean "the first day/beginning" and "the last day/the end" respectively.
「中日」 means "middle day".

  • Is Ukui and Unke only used in Okinawa? I understand Nakabi.
    – Jack Bosma
    Aug 12 '19 at 19:14
  • すみません、「うくい」「うんけ」を知らないのでわからないです。
    – Chocolate
    Aug 13 '19 at 1:02

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