Bon Festival

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

On the Thirtieth Day of the Month of the Boar Rokugan celebrates the Bon. During the festival a family’s ancestors, as well as any malevolent spirits never put to rest, return to the homes of their descendants. Extended families come together all across Rokugan to prepare honored alters for the spirits who may return. As such, many of the samurai of the City Without a Past are gone, given leave from their duties to return to the homes of their ancestors. In the weeks leading up to the Bon, it is likely that the esteemed Emerald Magistrate will need to write many traveling papers for samurai traveling to the ancestral lands of their clans. Of course, not everyone leaves, and those who stay do what most Rokugani do during the Bon. The streets are filled with white-faced “ghosts” and “spirits of the past” who parade through the city, with music, dance, and twisting streamers trailing behind them. It is considered a local taboo to approach the “Tunnels of Ningyo” during the Bon, though, in truth, there is little reason to fear them. Only the most accursed and dishonorable would transgress the Bon, and as such, the esteemed Emerald Magistrate has little to do besides placate his ancestors properly.

Bon Festival

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