the 14th annual lantern festival

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Forest Hills Cemetery

A much-loved event for Jamaica Plain as well as the Greater Boston community, the Lantern Festival draws its inspiration from the Japanese Bon Festival — a celebration held each year when a door opens to the world of their ancestors, allowing loved ones to send messages to the other side. It is a time when friends and family come together to share stories, to celebrate, and to honor the memories of loved ones.

Although the Lantern Festival is inspired by Japanese Buddhist tradition, it incorporates the diversity of the community, providing a setting that includes many multi-cultural events throughout the day.

Admission and entertainment is FREE, with a $10 requested donation per lantern. There is a $10 parking fee, so we do encourage people to take the MBTA!  For more information, call 617 524 3150 or visit

We hope to see you there!