What is Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii?
This beautiful tradition with Buddhist roots is held each Memorial Day in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thousands of residents and visitors gather on the beach to remember loved ones and write remembrances on beautiful lanterns that are released and float out to sea.
The ceremony is conducted by Her Holiness Shinso, the leader of the Shinnyo-en sect of Buddhism. The service includes a prayer to those in the past and a blessing of the lanterns before their release. The ceremony has taken place in Honolulu annually since 1999.
Need to Know
If you can’t attend in person, you can submit your remembrances and photos to be included in an upcoming or future ceremony. Recordings of the service are also made publicly available.
Did You Know?
The lanterns are made by volunteers and are handed out free of charge to attendees to write their remembrances on them before the floating ceremony in the evening. The lanterns are carried by the ocean current to a spot where volunteers collect them at the end of the evening.
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