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?