Lantern Festival

Last week, we attended a Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. The Lantern Festival draws its inspiration from the Japanese Bon Festival – a yearly celebration when a door opens to the world of their ancestors, which allows loved ones to send messages to the other side. The highlight of the festival is when those in attendance light a candle inside their lantern, then set it into Lake Hibiscus. Tables were set up allowing people to decorate their lanterns however they chose (hubby photographed one with a sharknado), and a group of women painted messages in Japanese for those who requested them.

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