Water Lanterns

The Lantern Ceremony is an ancient tradition celebrated in many Asian countries around the world, including China, Thailand and Japan. The Lantern Festival is usually held on a Buddhist holiday on the night of a full moon. Since the worlds first atomic bombings of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and three short days later Nagasaki on 9 August 1945 this ceremony has taken on a new meaning in Japan. Japans Buddhists believe the souls of their ancestors visit them every year so they put out lanterns to guide the spirits and when the visit ends the lantern is set adrift to light the path back to heaven.

Now every year on 6 August, it not only commemorates those who died in the worlds first two nuclear attacks, it also includes all those killed in past wars and is an expression of hope that nuclear weapons will never be used again. Each lantern is a symbol of a personal commitment to create peace in this world and hopes for the future.


Orangetas Orangetas
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3 Responses Mar 15, 2009

It is a beautiful ceremony to watch, I am sure. Very moving. And there is much power in ceremony. I feel, too, that those who have crossed over do sense our love and prayers and hopes. I'm really glad I do.

I watched a documantry about showing masses of glowing lanterns floating down the river in the dark.<br />
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They looked so beautiful and everyone believes that their prayers and hopes for the dead will be heard.

I'm so pleased to hear about this ceremony. So much energy sent for peace in this symbolic way truly will help, I firmly believe.