Arcata, Ca. (KIEM) — In preparation for Saturday’s Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony, a booth was set up at the farmer’s market for people to come and make their own lanterns.
To make the lanterns, people take a piece of Japanese rice paper and add their artistic touch. Then it’s placed on a wooden base that will then be floated on the lake with a reusable led light.
The lantern floating ceremony was started 37 years ago and remembers the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Arcata’s dedication to peace. According to one of the coordinators, it’s also a great way for people to honor the memory of their loved ones or share hopes for healing and peace.
The ceremony is tonight from 7:30 pm to 10 pm at Klopp Lake in the Arcata Marsh. They will be launching the lanterns at 9 am.