As we enter hurricane season, join us for a virtual ceremony to decorate palm leaf lamps and honor mother river.
Join us on September 19 for the 8th annual Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy! In order to honor social distancing guidelines, the ceremony will take place virtually, but materials will be made available for pick up in the Park prior to the ceremony.
Aarti is a tradition in which an offering of light is made on the banks of the river – to honor the nurturing power of the river and signify purification. The lamps are made from palm bowls, painted with traditional ceremonial colors, with a wick made of cotton dipped in ghee or oil.
These materials, along with directions, will be provided for you in a kit (to pick up in the Park). Instead of being released and then collected in the East River, we will make our lamps at home and release them into homemade water bodies.
This event is free and registration is required. We will email participants with Zoom details and instructions for picking up your lamp materials.
KIT PICK-UP 12:00 PM-2:00PM
Pebble Beach, Brooklyn Bridge Park
VIRTUAL CEREMONY 5:00 PM-5:45PM
Taking place on Zoom.
ABOUT THE HINDU LAMP CEREMONY
Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony is conceived and presented by Indian Dance Arts Educator Aeilushi Mistry, and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC); and supported Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
Read more about this sacred tradition in our blog post with Founder Aeilushi Mistry here.