The annual Bon Festival – now called the Lantern Festival in the Spirit of Obon – which takes place Saturday at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens features a beautiful tradition: Visitors float hundreds of lanterns on the Morikami Pond to light the way for loved ones to the afterlife, or ‘otherworld.’
The ceremony is traditionally significant, solemn, peaceful and endearingly lovely, and it has made the Lantern Festival one of the Morikam’s most popular events.
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IF YOU GO
The Lantern Festival in the Spirit of Obon
When: 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach
Tickets: Sold out. But you can get a free ticket by becoming a member. Individual memberships start at $40 for students, $50 for individuals. Other options are available.
Info: 561-495-0233; morikami.org