31st Annual Lantern Ceremony Honors Victims of Violence

Green Lake sparkles and soothes during the annual lantern ceremony

The cool calm of Green Lake has always attracted Seattleites looking to take a break from the headaches of city living, and a deeper serenity comes to the tranquil basin this month with “From Hiroshima to Hope.” The 31st annual lantern-lighting ceremony commemorates those killed by atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago this month, as well as other victims of violence across the globe.

With a nod to Tōrō nagashi, a Buddhist lantern ceremony honoring the dead, participants decorate paper-wrapped, wood-frame lanterns and send the glowing creations out into the waters along with thoughts of peace. Open to the public, the event provides an opportunity for Lycra-clad exercisers to slow down and partake in silent reflection, listen to musical groups and meet Japanese calligraphers from the Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai calligraphy society, who will be on hand to help adorn the beacons of light.

August 6, 6 p.m.; lanterns floated at 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Near Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N; fromhiroshimatohope.org.


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