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Japanese Cultural Life
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Japanese people began migrating to the prairies in the early 1900s. Those who settled in Raymond, Alberta, continued observing the most important festival of their Buddhist tradition, Feast for the Ancestors or Oban. The festival honours the people that have gone before them. Listen to this Heritage Trail!

Buddhists have a mid-winter celebration called the Feast of Enlightenment. This celebration holds many similarities to Christmas, the holiday of Christian faith. One striking similarity is the Buddhist Tree of Enlightenment, which bears a strong resemblance to the Christian Christmas tree.
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