Lantern Festival at Morikami Museum in Delray


The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will pay tribute to Japan’s three-day Obon holiday with an exciting fall celebration, Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon, Saturday, Oct. 18 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year for the first time, museum members were able to enjoy discounted presale tickets and a special members-only hour from 2-3 p.m. with exclusive sake selections, a kick-off taiko drum performance, and early bird lantern sales. The Lantern Festival will showcase nonstop entertainment, including rousing taiko drumming by Fushu Daiko, and Japanese folk-dancing. Morikami’s ennichi street fair will feature shopping, children’s activities and games. Food vendors will serve Asian and American favorites, and guests can snack on traditional Japanese fall fare like sweet potatoes, roasted nuts, and fried tofu. Visitors will also enjoy the Kirin Beer Garden and Sake Station. In keeping with the traditional Obon celebration, guests will have the opportunity to personalize hand-made paper lanterns with special messages to honor and remember their loved ones. When night falls, visitors will pay homage to those who have passed on as candlelit lanterns float across Morikami Lake. As part of a traditional Japanese ceremony known as toro nagashi, the lanterns will create a myriad of lights that signify the guidance of departing souls after their brief visit to the living. Tickets are no longer available as this popular event is now sold out. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach. For more information visit, or call 561-495-0233.