Sunday, June 28, 2020

38th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony is Going Virtual This Year

Posted By on Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 6:40 PM

The City of Arcata announced that the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony that takes places annually at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary will be held virtually this year in light of COVID-19. The Lantern Floating Ceremony commemorates the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and affirms Arcata’s dedication to the cause of peace. The city said in a press release that organizers will be offering alternative ways for the community to share intentions, hopes and remembrance in lieu of lantern floating at the marsh this year.

The press release states, "In order to protect the health and safety of the community this year, community members are invited to share photographs, artwork and inscriptions in honor of departed loved ones and ancestors. Messages of peace and hope for racial and cultural harmony are also encouraged."

A video compilation of community submissions will be released on YouTube on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will include performances of local musicians, poets and speakers.

For more on the event and how you can participate, see the full press release below.

The 38th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony organizers will be offering alternative ways for the community to share intentions, hopes and remembrance in lieu of lantern floating at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary this year.

The City of Arcata’s Nuclear-Free Zone Committee started the Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony 38 years ago to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and to affirm Arcata’s dedication to the cause of peace. The ceremony has since evolved into a beautiful opportunity for the community to come together for a collective moment of remembrance and reflection.

In order to protect the health and safety of the community this year, community members are invited to share photographs, artwork and inscriptions in honor of departed loved ones and ancestors. Messages of peace and hope for racial and cultural harmony are also encouraged.

A video compilation of community submissions will be released on YouTube on Saturday, August 8 and will include performances of local musicians, poets and speakers, including Mayor Michael Winkler. The video and a community message board will also be available for viewing year round at arcatalanternfloatingceremony.org.

Digital submissions can be emailed to us@arcatalanternfloatingceremony.org until Monday, July 20 to be
included in the ceremony video. Late submissions will be included on arcatalanternfloatingceremony.org, but not in the video release.

In addition, community art and inscription submissions will be displayed on the southwest corner of the Arcata Plaza. Physical art submissions can be mailed or dropped off at the Arcata Public Library, located at 500 7th Street, until Monday, July 20.

For more information, please visit arcatalanternfloatingceremony.org or email
us@arcatalanternfloatingceremony.org.
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