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Lantern Floating is a symbolic tradition that represents the interconnection of the past, the present and the future. It carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world.
For the past 15 years, Shinnyo-en, an international Buddhist community, has hosted Lantern Floating Hawaii, one of the largest and most moving Memorial Day observances in the country. This September Shinnyo-en is bringing this beautiful Lantern Floating experience to New York City on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly.
At this pivotal time, New Yorkers and people from around the world are invited to set hundreds of lanterns afloat to honor individual and global peacemakers and to dedicate their lanterns with wishes for peace.
At dusk, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the head priest of Shinnyo-en and one of the highest-ranking female Buddhist leaders in the world, will preside over the closing ceremony and a collective floating of lanterns.
*Lanterns provided first come, first served.
Shinnyo-en is pleased to be filming this event for documentary and archival purposes and streaming portions of it on the Times Square SuperSign and on the internet for people everywhere to share in the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace experience. Your images, voices and creations (e.g., lanterns) may appear in photographs and audiovisual recordings, which we may broadcast live or later distribute on websites, in a book, documentary film or use in any other manner and media. By attending the event, you grant us the right to include your image, voice and creations in and in connection with these recordings.