There’s a moment between the end of the first part of the ceremony and the procession down to the lake, where nothing seems to happen. They are just getting organised, but with only 18 lanterns instead of 200, they’ll soon be on their way.
Lights on the Water.
The Hiroshima Day ceremony at the Peace Pagoda, by Willen Lake in Milton Keynes was officially cancelled this year. I expected a small invite only ceremony of a similar scale to the Pagoda Ceremony, back in June; there had been just six there.
But I was wrong.
Quite a few a few more people had also turned up to see if anything was going on, to make a total with the invited folk of around two dozen.
It would not be the Buddhist thing to turn them away, plus the pagoda is on public land. So they stayed. In previous years there has been well over 120 attending.
This week I’m showing you photos from the second part of the ceremony. Photos from the first part of the ceremony were posted last week. To see them, please just scroll down to the post, or click on the link.
Usually, 200 lanterns are made for the ceremony, but this year there were just 18 and it didn’t take long for them to be taken out to the water. When there are 200 lanterns it’s dark by the time the last ones go out, but this year dusk had only just started to fall when the Buddhist nun led a final bow towards the water, at the end of the ceremony.
My other photos from the Distance Project can all be found here. The project is to photograph what people are doing differently under lockdown.