photograph of long line of women with arms raised, wearing dance kimonos with large fabric belts, in a park in summer

Obon Dancers, Picture Butte, 1949
Galt Museum & Archives 19790284018

The Buddhists of southern Alberta are of the Jodo shinshu Buddhist sect. There are three significant festivals or services observed by the Buddhists of southern Alberta. These include the Hanamatsuri, the Obon and the Hoonko. Boys and Girls festivals are also marked, as is the New Year.