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The lotus lanterns are inspired by Lantern Floating event Hawaii holds on Memorial Day. While there are numerous lantern holidays held throughout the world, in most cases the lanterns are released into the air or carried. In the Hawaii event, the lanterns are released “for a personal and collective moment of remembrance, reflection, and offering gratitude to those who have gone before us,” with the theme of “Many Rivers, One Ocean.” (You can learn more on this website.)

I’ve always thought that a lantern floating out on the water had a beautiful, but melancholy feel. When they’re in the air, there’s a more celebratory, freeing feeling to them. On the water, there’s a different kind of stillness. Something that’s still bound to the ground, but suspended. It seemed the perfect vehicle for a prayer. Beautiful, still, and somehow a little bit sad. I imagine what a lake full of these earth-bound stars would look like, and think about how lovely and moving a sight that would be.

What holiday tradition do you find particularly beautiful or moving?

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I believe the Japanese float lanterns as well…and yes there is a surreal, serene, and haunting quality to the event.

They do, it is called the Bon Festival or “O-Bon”. It is a 3 day time of honoring the dead, including both celebrations and quiet remembrance. The end is marked by the release of paper lanterns on rivers, lakes, and seas. In Kyoto, they also light giant bonfires in the shapes of specific words on the mountains, and you can see the shape even in winter. Similar festivals are observed in other countries with Buddhist backgrounds, like China and Korea, although they differ in a number of ways.

I like O-Bon a lot, and I also like cherry blossom viewing! ^^

Pretty page!

The only thing I miss about being religious is singing hymns in a large group. It was soothing.

I know what you mean! Although I’m still religious, I’m no longer Catholic (or Christian), and despite that, I still feel both peaceful and uplifted when I’m in a Catholic (or Episcopal or Anglican) church. About the only part of mass/service I don’t like is the homily. Since saints fit in with my beliefs, if I go to a church, I just direct my thoughts to them instead of the Judeo-Christian deity and go through all the proper motions.

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