Tick­ets for Morikami’s Lantern Fes­ti­val to go fast

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - FRONT PAGE - By Phillip Valys SOUTHFLORIDA.COM

The Morikami Mu­seum’s hottest ticket this fall be­longs to its Lantern Fes­ti­val, its an­nual pa­rade of fire­works and pa­per lanterns re­turn­ing Oct. 20 to Del­ray Beach.

Lantern Fes­ti­val: In the Spirit of Obon typ­i­cally draws more than 5,000 peo­ple to the botan­i­cal gar­den.

Plan­ning to light up the night at Morikami? Here’s a primer on one of the mu­seum’s most pop­u­lar fes­ti­vals. How hot are these tick­ets? The Morikami Mu­seum’s Lantern Fes­ti­val sold out within 12 hours in 2016, and in less than two hours last year. Tick­ets will go on sale 7 a.m. Mon­day, Oct. 8, via Morikami’s web­site, so be sure to keep re­fresh­ing the page for your best chance at ad­mis­sion. Who or what is Obon? Obon is a 500-year-old Ja­panese-Bud­dhist cus­tom that fea­tures a dance, known as Bon-Odori, to honor the spir­its of fam­ily an­ces­tors. To honor the dead, vis­i­tors can in­scribe per­sonal mes­sages on hun­dreds of can­dlelit lanterns and set them adrift on the lake be­hind the Morikami. What ac­tiv­i­ties are there? Other di­ver­sions will in­clude tra­di­tional folk danc­ing and taiko drum­ming per­for­mances and the En­nichi Street Fair, which will fea­ture fam­ily-friendly games and food ven­dors of­fer­ing teriyaki chicken, noo­dles and other Ja­panese dishes. Lantern Fes­ti­val: In the Spirit of Obon will take place 3-8 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oct. 20, at Morikami Mu­seum and Ja­panese Gar­dens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, in Del­ray Beach. 561-495-0233 or Morikami.org. pvalys@southflorida.com or 954-356-4364

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