WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Hundreds of people gathered at the Cameron Art Museum on Sunday night for its 7th annual Floating Lantern Ceremony. The ceremony gives people the opportunity to send their lanterns afloat in an expression of remembrance, reflection and gratitude.
The Cameron Art Museum drew large crowds on Sunday evening, with many eager to send a decorated paper lantern, which they could bring from home or create at the museum… in the Museums Reflection Pond.
“It is an opportunity for people to come and remember someone, to keep someone dear in their thoughts or to have new hopes and dreams for the year to come, which is what we are all for. ready, ”said Nan Pope, community director of CAM. Commitment and adherence.
A mother and son who attended the event said they had just moved to Wilmington and the event was a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the local community and send a lantern with their hopes for their new house.
“Determine the community here in Wilmington. I haven’t been to the art museum yet, so verify that with a special event that is heartfelt and brings people together, ”said Rashell Greene, event attendee. “Just like a wonderful transition and just cultivating that sense of belonging.”
Event organizers believe the event was essential for many, after 2020 was a difficult year during the pandemic.
“A lot of people have lost dear friends and family during this time, and they want to come and share the love and there are a lot of beautiful conversations between the people who have their lanterns in front of them, talking about the person they are. ‘they’ I remember with their neighbor standing in line, ”Pope said.
After the ceremony, staff removed the lanterns from the pond around 7 p.m.