OGDEN -- Taiko drumming, traditional songs and dances, and Japanese foods are highlights of the upcoming Obon Festival.
The festival, a tradition that takes place each summer around the world, begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Ogden Buddhist Temple, 155 North St.
A major event in Japan, the Obon Festival traces its roots to the practice of honoring the spirits of one's ancestors.
The Ogden Buddhist Taiko Group, which includes 25 members of all ages, will perform at 7:30 p.m. The word "taiko" means "drum" in Japanese. The group has performed locally and in other Western states.
The audience is invited to take part in traditional folk songs and simple dances.
Items on the food menu include beef and chicken teriyaki bowls, somen (thin, cold noodles in a fish-based broth), Spam musubi (Spam served between two layers of rice, then wrapped in seaweed) and desserts.
Admission is free.
For more information, call 801-392-7132.