• By Esmirna Esparza
  • Posted Friday, August 13, 2010

Lanterns of Hope Draws Many Meaningful Colors

Let's gather on Sixth and Trade Streets on Saturday, August 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for Lanterns of Hope, which will be held with the Summer on Trade Street downtown event.

Children and adults will make Japanese-style peace lanterns. Each lantern made will be unique, but bound by a common hope for a more peaceful and understanding world.

Throughout the evening enjoy great secular gospel music performed by the 11-piece band from New Orleans "Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra."

Forsyth County Public Library has celebrated Lanterns of Hope since 1990 and — probably more than any other event in Forsyth County — strives to bring together all segments of our increasingly diverse community in a spirit of mutual friendship and understanding.

Peace lantern ceremonies are held in the United States and throughout the world each August to commemorate the anniversaries of the only two times nuclear weapons were used against populations, and to remember and honor all victims of war. In a centuries-old Japanese tradition, lanterns are floated on water to honor the souls of departed loved ones. After 1945, the ceremony was adapted in many communities to focus on the desire to build a more peaceful world.

Lanterns of Hope
August 28th: 7:00 - 9:00 pm (coinciding with Summer on Trade)

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