The Lantern Floating ceremony is a contemporary Shinnyo Buddhist fire and water ceremony, which incorporates cultural and musical performances, ceremonial elements and a communal floating of lanterns. The ceremony is designed to inspire a collective awakening for peace and compassion and to celebrate the harmony in the diversity of New York City. The theme of the New York Lantern Floating, is “Be a Light for Peace,”
Floating is a symbolic tradition, in which participants float lanterns on water to honor those who have passed away and represents the interconnection of the past, the present and the future. It also carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world.
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