Join us for a magical evening under the full moon, and float a lantern to honor your loved ones.

Releasing water lanterns in rivers or streams is an ancient ritual in Chinese and Japanese cultures. The Japanese believe that the floating lanterns will guide our ancestors back to the spirit world.

The Full Moon Lantern Festival at Sedona Mago Retreat will be an afternoon filled with music and activities for the whole family to enjoy. At dusk,(7 pm), we begin to set lanterns afloat to commemorate the souls of the dead. The Mago Healing Lake will be aglow as the lanterns light up the night sky in commemoration of our loved ones. The Japanese believe that all humans originally came from water, so the lanterns represent the spirits’ return to the elements.

“This is a sacred time to express our love, gratitude and sincere wishes for our family and friends, says Ilchibuko Todd, President, and COO of Sedona Mago Retreat. “It is important that we show appreciation to the people we love, whether they have passed on or are still with us.”

This is the first time that Sedona Mago Retreat will be combining the lantern lighting along with a ceremony of setting an intention or making a wish. This is an excellent opportunity for people to express gratitude, forgive others, heal, and to show love.
It’s an evening filled with intentions for joy, peace, and prosperity.

The symbolism of the lantern lighting represents our consciousness and divine nature. Each person sets an intention, meditates, and connects to their wish. By placing the lantern afloat, it represents the act of letting go of attachments. This Lantern Festival is about honor, respect, love of humanity, and love of the earth.

The Full Moon Lantern Festival is on September 14 from 2-9 pm and admission to the event is free.