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Tanabata (七夕, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a
Japanese star festival, originating from the
Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting
of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi
(represented by the stars Vega and Altair
respectively). 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 July 7 of
the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at
various days between July and August.





 In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate
this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form
of poetry, on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and
hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other
decorations (see also Wish Tree). The bamboo and
decorations are often set afloat on a river or
burned after the festival, around midnight or on
the next day.This resembles the custom of floating
paper ships and candles on rivers during Obon.
Many areas in Japan have their own Tanabata
customs, which are mostly related to local Obon
traditions.
 Large-scale Tanabata festivals are held in many
places in Japan, mainly along shopping malls and
streets, which are decorated with large, colorful
streamers.
 Tokyo Disneyland often celebrates the Tanabata
Festival featuring a greeting parade with Mickey as
Altair and Minnie as Vega.

 There is also a traditional
Tanabata song:


Sasa no ha sara-sara
Nokiba ni yureru
Ohoshi-sama kira-kira
Kingin sunago
Goshiki no tanzaku
watashi ga kaita
Ohoshi-sama kirakira
sora kara miteru


The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver
grains of sand.
The five-colour paper
strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
they watch us from heaven.

Frunzele de bambus
foşnesc,
tremurând pe cornişe.
Stelele sclipesc
pe firele de nisip aurii şi
argintii.
Fâşiile de hârtie în cinci
culori
le-am scris deja.
Stelele sclipesc
ne privesc din cer.
Singapore-"City of the Lion"
Vesak Day is the most significant day of the
year in the Buddhist calendar and is celebrated
by Buddhists the world over. The day
commemorates the birth, enlightenment and
death of the Buddha and is a day of immense
joy, peace and reflection. In Singapore, Vesak
Day usually falls in the month of May, on the
15th day of the fourth month of the Chinese
Lunar Calendar.

 On this day, devout Buddhists and followers
alike congregate at their various temples
before dawn for the ceremonial, where the
Buddhist flag will be hoisted, and hymns sung
in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha,
The Dharma and The Sangha .
 Devotees often bring simple offerings of
flowers, candles and joss-sticks to lay at the
feet of their spiritual teacher. These symbolic
offerings remind followers that life too, is
subject to decay and destruction when the
offering burns out or wilts away.
Turkey-Istanbul
Nevruz - first day of spring, Alevis, which
celebrates the birth of Ali.
Women prepare traditional food, called "asure" or
"Noah's pudding" which is made from flour cooked
with dried fruits and vegetables, seeds of trees. It is
considered one of the most important holiday of
the Turks, in terms of their ethnic unity, celebrated
annually. This is the oldest festival of them dating
back over 5,000 years. The word "Nevruz"
translated from Persian, means "new day" from
"Nev" meaning new and from "Ruz" that day. It is
therefore a new day when nature revives and
people enjoy the beginning of a new year and the
coming of spring, is considered equivalent
Romanian Easter.