BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.1787@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20090814T000000Z DTEND:20090817T000000Z DESCRIPTION:The Tanabata Festival (the Star Festival) is based on the folk legend of the Cowherd Star (Altair) and The Weaver Princess Star (Vega) - two lovers whose paths cross the Milky Way but once a year - on July 7th.\ nIn ancient times\, Tanabata came to Japan from China during a time when o ne prayed to the stars for proficiency in sewing and calligraphy.\nThe pra yers were written on multicolored paper streamers attached to bamboo poles along with decorations for display in the family garden.\nThis meeting of two star lovers occurs on July 7th\, but in Sendai\, Japan\, the Tanabata Festival is celebrated one month later\, on August 6th through 8th\, when the streets of Sendai are covered with elaborate and glittering decoratio ns that are famous throughout all Japan. And during the three days of this festival\, fabulous parades crowd the streets every day. Currently\, this festival has gained notoriety throughout the world.\nIn San Paulo City in Brazil\, the Tanabata Festival has been celebrated every year since 1979\ , with the support of Miyagi Prefecture and Sendai City.\n SUMMARY:Tanabata Festival URL:/en/events/2009/08/14/tanabata-festival/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR