- By Jacquelyn White
- Posted Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Lanterns of Hope: Saturday, September 12 @ 8 pm
The community is invited to Lanterns of Hope, the Forsyth County Public Library’s annual lantern floating ceremony honoring multicultural peace and understanding. Come and create a lantern, and express your own hopes for peace at the library booth in International Village on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Corpening Plaza (231 West First St.) in downtown Winston-Salem. We will light all the lanterns, symbolic of everyone’s hopes, at 8:00 p.m. As in the past, watching the beautiful and dramatic lit lanterns creates a spirit of hope and unity in all those who attend.
The 70th anniversary this year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki serve as a more meaningful reminder of why the library holds Lanterns of Hope. The heart of the program is an old Japanese ceremony of remembering the spirits of ancestors by floating a candle-lit paper lantern to honor them. It was done following the bombing of Hiroshima in Japan and is still a meaningful and moving ceremony.
“Reading can promote tolerance and peace. The more we read, the more reflection we make, and the more understanding we can develop about other people’s customs, traditions, religions, beliefs and ethnicity.”
- Betsy Sahetapy, Jakarta Post, October 15, 2011.
International Village, Corpening Plaza
Saturday, September 12, 2015