Japanese Lantern  Lighting Festival

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

At the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul.

Every year, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory hosts a celebration of Japanese culture reminiscent of that country’s obon holiday. Focused around the Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden, the festival begins with music, dance, food, crafts, taiko drums, and martial arts. It culminates with a beautiful ceremony at dusk, when hundreds of paper lanterns—symbols of souls who have passed—are floated down the stream to the Japanese Garden pond in commemoration of the dead.

Aug. 19,
3:30 p.m.,
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Como Park,
St. Paul,
651-487-8200,
comozooconservatory.org