Winner of USA Today’s Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Cultural Festival, the Water Lantern Festival is a growing phenomenon in cities all over the country. The cultural celebration brings families, friends and strangers together for fun festivities, including music, food and gathering around campfires — all leading up to the main event of releasing hundreds of illuminated paper lanterns onto the water.
The entire shared experience means something different to everyone. Some families go to the festival to remember a lost loved one; friends celebrate positive life changes; guests commemorate a closing of a chapter; or, really, any reason at all. No matter the reason, releasing the floating lanterns onto the water is not only a beautiful thing, it’s a therapeutic one.
Guests and locals find their way to the festival and fill paper lanterns with words and symbols that mean something to them before joining in the festivities of the night and releasing their lanterns.
Another aspect of the festival that makes it so unique is the no-trace pledge. The Water Lantern Festival’s commitment to sustainability includes event staff cleaning up every lantern after the event, including any and all trash found along the waterways.
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