Shinnyo-en “Be a Light for Peace” lantern floating ceremony this Sunday in NYC’s Central Park to be webcast live

An image from last year's Shinyo-en Lantern Floating Ceremony in Hawai'i

This Sunday, September 22, members of the Shinnyo-en Japanese Buddhist sect will host a free Lantern Floating for Peace event at Trump Rink in New York’s Central Park. You can join them on-site or watch live online.

Originally a tradition to honor those who have passed away, the contemporary Lantern Floating ceremony also focuses on aspirations for peace — it’s called “Be a Light for Peace” this year — and will incorporate music and cultural elements under the direction of Shinnyo-en’s head priest, Her Holiness Shinso Ito. According to a press release from Shinnyo-en about the event, the ceremony “carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world.”

Members of the public may create and float their lanterns between 1 and 5 pm; there will also be an invitation-only closing ceremony at dusk.

Check the Shinnyo-en website for complete details, including information about the live webcast.