9th Annual Lantern Floating Ceremony
On Memorial Day, over 1300 candle-lit lanterns made of wood or paper was launched from the shores of Ala Moana Beach Park by family members paying their respects to their ancestors. During this Toro-Nagashi, or “lantern offerings on the water,” lanterns are individually set afloat on the ocean and are said to ferry spirits “from the shore of delusion to the shore of salvation.”
It is through this that the sincere prayers of everyone are united… prayers for a future in which harmony exists amongst all people regardless of differences between race, religion and culture. Once the cermony was over, every lantern was retrieved and recycled.
This was the first year that our family participated in the event. We felt it was important for Girlie Girl to start learning about her Japanese-Hawaiian culture. The day ended with a perfect sunset.
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