H-SANTA MARIA

Jul 28, 2013 8:33 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Dancers honor ancestors at Obon Festival in Santa Maria

The Annual Obon Festival kicked off Sunday morning in Santa Maria.

The festival focuses on Bon Odori dancing. It's a traditional Japanese folk dance that honors ancestors.

"It's a joyful celebration because now they're at peace," said Dawn Kurokawa-Kamiya, an Obon Festival Member.

The family-friendly event is always free to attend. Sunday's event was held at the Veteran's Memorial Community Center in Santa Maria.

The group practices every Wednesday at the community center.

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