Interfaith Paths to Peace has held a Peace Lantern Ceremony in Louisville for over 20 years. August 6th and 9th, 2020, mark the 75th anniversaries of the world's first atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Japan. In early August, people in Japan and around the world gather to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of the atomic bombings, all victims of war and violence, and all who have gone before us. This moving and beautiful tradition provides a chance to reaffirm our commitment to building a peaceful future.
In August 2020 as the world marked the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and victims of strategic bombing in ALL wars, we honored their memory and recommited ourselves to working for peace.
While the pandemic led us to cancel the in-person annual Lantern Floating Ceremony, we honored the memory of all those who perished through the senseless destruction of war, violence and hatred. May we be inspired to bring peace, justice and healing.
The details below are from the 2019 Peace Lantern Ceremony:
This is a family-friendly, cultural event for all ages! The event includes music, reflections, and lantern floating. Guests are invited to write a loved one's name or message of peace on the paper provided, which will be collected for the Lantern Floating Ceremony. Each participant that wishes may also light a lantern that will be floated on the water in prayerful memorial.
"Circles of Peace" Open Drumming -- 6:00 to 7:50 pm
Join us before the Lantern Ceremony for "Circles of Peace" open drumming, featuring members from various local drum circles.
Everyone is invited to participate in the drumming!
Free and open to the community!
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Free event, open to the community
No registration required
Lantern Floating video from our 2011 Peace Lantern Ceremony