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“A much-loved community event for Jamaica Plain, as well as Greater Boston, the Lantern Festival draws its inspiration from the Japanese [Buddhist] Bon Festival -- a celebration each year when a door opens to the world of their ancestors allowing loved ones to send messages to the other side,” the group said in an e-mail. “It is a time when neighbors come together to share stories, celebrate, and honor the memories of loved ones.”
"The festival will feature traditional Japanese dance from students of Showa Boston, Irish music from guitar and fiddle duo the Whiskey Boys, gospel music from Ron Murphy, and Grand Master Tsuji's Taiko drummers, the e-mail said.
Admission is free.
A key part of the ritual is sending out memorial lanterns on water. A $10 donation is requested per lantern.
Parking costs $10. Attendees are encouraged to use public transit and to also bring a flashlight."