Shinnyo-en to Host Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in New York City

June 20, 2013
New York, USA

Today, Shinnyo-en announced it will host an unprecedented Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in Central Park on Sunday, September 22, 2013, the day before the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Segment. Her Holiness Shinso Ito, the Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, will preside over this Lantern Floating in Central Park bringing together thousands of New Yorkers and international visitors to focus on peace at a pivotal time when heads of state are gathered at the United Nations.

The Lantern Floating ceremony is a contemporary Shinnyo Buddhist fire and water ceremony, which incorporates cultural and musical performances, ceremonial elements and a communal floating of lanterns. The ceremony is designed to inspire a collective awakening for peace and compassion and to celebrate the harmony in the diversity of New York City.

Given the theme of this New York Lantern Floating, "Be a Light for Peace," Shinnyo-en will invite people to honor peacemakers and dedicate their lanterns with wishes for peace. Lantern Floating is a symbolic tradition, in which participants float lanterns on water to honor those who have passed away and represents the interconnection of the past, the present and the future. It also carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world.

Trump Rink in Central Park will be transformed for the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace, which will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. From 1pm to 5pm, individuals and families will be able to build and dedicate their lanterns, float them and participate in other activities throughout the day. For the safety of participants and the environment, the lanterns will be lit using LED lights, and floating lanterns outside of the rink area in Central Park will not be permitted.

Her Holiness Shinso Ito will preside over the closing ceremony at dusk. Admittance to the closing ceremony from 7pm to 8pm will be permitted by invitation only. The ceremony will also be shown via live webcast.

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