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Feast of Lanterns

noun
1.
Bon2 .

Bon2

[bawn] /bɔn/
noun
1.
an annual festival of the Japanese Buddhists, welcoming ancestral spirits to household altars.
Also called Feast of Lanterns.
Origin of Bon2
< Japanese, orig. Urabon < Chinese version of Sanskrit ullambana literally, hanging upside down (a metaphor for the suffering brought on by physical desires)
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British Dictionary definitions for feast-of-lanterns

Bon1

/bɔːn/
noun
1.
Also called Feast of Lanterns, Festival of Lanterns. an annual festival celebrated by Japanese Buddhists
2.
  1. the pre-Buddhist priests of Tibet or one such priest
  2. their religion
Word Origin
from Japanese bon, originally Urabon, from Sanskrit ullambana hanging upside down

Bon2

/bɒn/
noun
1.
Cape Bon, a peninsula of NE Tunisia

Feast of Lanterns

noun
1.
(Hinduism) another name for Diwali
2.
(Japanese Buddhism) Also called Festival of Lanterns another name for Bon1
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Word Origin and History for feast-of-lanterns

bon

French, literally "good" (adj.), from Latin bonus "good" (see bene-). It has crossed the Channel in phrases such as bon apétit (1860), literally "good appetite;" bon-ton (1744) "good style;" bon mot.

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