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Hindu Lamp Ceremony

Pebble Beach
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Save the date for Saturday, August 6! The Conservancy’s 10th annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Dance artist and educator Aeilushi Mistry will bring peace and harmony to the community as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pebble Beach.

The Aarti ceremony is traditionally performed each morning and evening along India’s rivers, in order to convey gratitude to mother river, reflect on community, and remember loved ones. Please join us as we decorate palm leaf lamps and release them along the East River to make prayers and pay our respects to loved ones. Guest artists will also present their work at this event.

This event is free and open to the public. Walk up only. No advanced registration required.

This performance is made possible by the CEF: Cultural Heritage & Diversity + Dance with Funds from Mertz Gilmore Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.

This event is part of the Festival of New York!

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      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.


      Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony is conceived and presented by Indian Dance Arts Educator Aeilushi Mistry, and supported Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

      Read more about this sacred tradition in our blog post with Founder Aeilushi Mistry here.

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