Observe International Day of Peace and the opening of the U.N. General Assembly this weekend with a special FREE family-friendly event at Lincoln Center that combines music and ballet performances with the Buddhist ceremony of lighting floating lanterns for peace.
The second annual Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace is Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool at Hearst Plaza.
Starting at 1 p.m., you can add a personal message of peace to a lantern. The music and dance performances are part of the closing ceremonies at 7 p.m. You can attend one or the other or both.
Wendy Whelan, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and guest artist with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, will perform “After the Rain,” a duet with fellow New York City Ballet dancer Craig Hall, and choreographed by world-renowned contemporary ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
There will also be performances by students of The Julliard School and from The Dalton School, and the Shinnyo Taiko drummers.
At sunset, Her Holiness Shinso Ito, head priest of Shinnyo-en and one of the highest-ranking woman Buddhist leaders in the world, will preside over a special closing Lantern Floating ceremony. Hundreds of the LED candle-lighted paper lanterns will be floated on the water, illuminating Hearst Plaza in a unique and peaceful experience.