Lantern Ceremony

The Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony is an opportunity for community members to offer spiritual consolation for people they miss, departed loved ones, ancestors, cultures and all we hold dear.

39th Annual Arcata Lantern Floating Ceremony
Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023
Time: Gather 7:00-7:30pm / Lantern Floating at 8:40pm
Location: Klopp Lake, end of South I Street

This is a free event! All are invited to attend.

eremony attendees are encouraged to walk, bike or to take a shuttle to the event. To catch a shuttle, community members can park at the Johnson Industry parking lot located near the intersection of Samoa Boulevard and J Street near the entrance to the Marsh at Samoa Boulevard and I Street. Shuttles will run from 7-8 p.m. and at the conclusion of the event. 

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Event History

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. 

Community groups helping to create these events are:
City of Arcata, Humboldt Buddhist Peace Fellowship, GI Rights Hotline, Shinnyo en, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Action Committee, Veterans For Peace, Humboldt Friends Meeting (Quakers), Which Way the Wind  & Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom