Peace Day Lantern Ceremony commemorates the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to honor people that perished in those bombings and all wars.
The Peace Day Lantern Ceremony will bring together residents of the Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods in Minneapolis to call out for peace through beauty, to create intimate connections to our sense of place and community, to commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and honor those people that perished in those bombings and all wars. The lantern ceremony will take place in the evening of August 5th, 2010 on and around the lake and island in Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, using floating lanterns, large lantern puppets, masks, shadow puppetry, a multigenerational butoh troupe, and live acoustic/electronica music.
The Lantern Ceremony is an ancient tradition celebrated in many Asian countries around the world, including China, Thailand and Japan. The Lantern Festival is usually held on a Buddhist holiday on the night of a full moon. Since the world’s first atomic bombings of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and three short days later Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945 this ceremony has taken on a new meaning in Japan. Japan’s Buddhists believe the souls of their ancestors visit them every year so they put out lanterns to guide the spirits and when the visit ends the lantern is set adrift to light the path back to heaven. Now every year on August 6th, it not only commemorates those who died in the world’s first two nuclear attacks, it also includes all those killed in past wars and is an expression of hope that nuclear weapons will never be used again. Each lantern is a symbol of a personal commitment to create peace in this world and hopes for the future. Held every year in Japan, it started in Vancouver in 1983 and many other places in Canada and around the world. The Hiroshima Day Lantern Ceremony is a symbol for peace and abolishment of all nuclear weapons.
The preparation of this event will have a strong community-focus. We will conduct public lantern-making workshops and work with the children of the Powderhorn Theatre Arts Summer Camp as performers/puppeteers in the ceremony. A small group of artists led by Bart Buch and Masanari Kawahara will develop, build, and create the overall ceremony using lantern puppets, masks, large projection, shadow puppetry, and live music.
We have received a Community Arts Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in Minneapolis but must match a portion of the funds to receive the grant.
Here's a slideshow of last year's ceremony:
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