This past Thursday, wtbrosie and I went to the Forest Hills Lantern Festival, which is based on the Bon Festival from Japanese Buddhist custom. Paper lanterns are decorated to honor the ancestors, then lit and floated on ponds and rivers to symbolize the ancestral spirits’ return to the land of the dead.
I’ve been to the festival before, and found it an incredibly moving experience. This one even more so. I hope to attend in the future, even more prepared to honor my ancestors via both the lantern and in a more traditionally Hellenic manner. Especially as I am looking towards combining elements of Buddhism into my own spiritual practice.