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Tanabata

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Tanabata(七夕) is a festival which is celebrated on July 7th. The festival is based on the story of Tanabata, in which a couple, Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair), meet once a year on July 7th in the Milky Way.

In the story, Orihime is weaving cloth along the Milky Way, and becomes so engaged in her work that she forgets to take care of her looks. God notices her situation and takes pity on Orihime. So he introduces Hikoboshi, who lives on the other side of Milky Way, to her. They instantly fall in love and get married.

After getting married, they begin playing all the time and no longer do any work. God becomes furious at this, and so he separates Orihime and Hikoboshi to opposite sides of the Milky Way. However, they were still unable to do any work because they now missed each other too much. So God decides to allow them to meet once a year in the Milky Way on July 7th, as long as they will work for the rest of the year.

On the evening of July 7th, people write their wishes onto a strip of paper and hang them on the branches of bamboo trees. It is believed that if you do this, your wish will come true. The bamboo tree is often decorated with ornaments made of origami, and is usually burned after July 7th.

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The Song of Tanabata

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