Candlelight Walks and Toro Nagashi
September 5, 2020 - September 6, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Japanese Garden
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Saturday and Sunday evenings on Labor Day weekend, the Garden will offer Candlelight Walks and Toro Nagashi, a lantern ceremony held in partnership with the St. Louis-Suwa Sister Cities Committee. Late summer in Japan means Obon, the festival when spirits of the dead return to spend time with the living. The Toro Nagashi ceremony celebrates this. Lanterns are inscribed with the names of those deceased, then lit and set afloat as a way of accompanying the spirits as they depart for another year. Entry is at 7:30 p.m. and lanterns will be launched just after 8 p.m. Tickets will be available online only and capacity is limited to 250 people each night. Tickets will include the cost of the lantern, which guest will receive upon arrival.

Tickets available August 18.

Toro Nagashi Ceremony