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Between zombies and vampires, the undead have been seeing a trendy resurgence over the past few years. But what about the just plain dead? Sure, some have memorials erected in their honor or entire days dedicated to their memory and good deeds, but they’re usually solemn affairs where an ill-timed giggle will earn you looks of, well, death. Thankfully, some cultures believe that the dead enjoy a good celebration just as much as the living — like the Japanese Buddhists who pay homage to the departed souls of their ancestors with the three-day obon, or bon, festival.

Saturday evening, the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens is hosting its annual rendition of the Bon Festival, which features the traditional highlights of taiko drum performances, Japanese folk dances, fireworks, and Toro Nagashi, the beautiful candle-lit lantern parade that lights a path home for the visiting spirits. Tickets cost $5 for children, $12 for adults if purchased in advance at — or $6 and $12 the day of the event. The bon celebration runs from 4 to 9 p.m. at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach). Call 561-495-0233.
Sat., Aug. 14, 4 p.m., 2010

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Kyriaki Tsaganis

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