Beginning July 1st, the lobbies of the Wellington Community Center, Village Hall, and Village Park will feature a bamboo tree and Tanzaku (colorful sheets of paper) at the front desks that residents can post a wish on. Visitors may read a brief description of the meaning of the Tanabata, located alongside the tree.
Tanabata, also known as the “Star Festival,” is a Japanese festival celebrating the folklore of the meeting of deities who become lovers who are separated and allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
Traditionally, leading up to the 7th day, a bamboo tree is decorated with colorful strips of paper called Tanzaku that wishes are written on and attached to the tree. On the 7th day, the wishes are taken down.