All Souls’ Lantern Festival

Photo Courtesy St. George’s
Photo Courtesy St. George’s

On Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church in La Cañada Flintridge will offer a special outdoor gathering of remembrance which pairs a Celtic tradition of surrounding the changing of the season with the Japanese festival of “Obone” that commemorates the passing of friends and family with the practice of the lighting lanterns.

The lawn at St. George’s will be transformed by lit candles and those attending are encouraged to bring pictures of those to be remembered placed near a candle with their loved one’s name written on a lantern. The experience will be enhanced as a multi-media presentation with music and specially selected prayers.

Those wishing to attend should arrive about 20 minutes early to pick out their colored lanterns provided by the church and to place pictures on the lawn. After the service, a small reception will be held with those attending encouraged to enjoy the video slide show of pictures while taking in the sea of multicolored lanterns gracing the lawn.

Earlier in the day St. George’s will have an All Saints’ service beginning at 10 a.m. The church’s choir and instrumentalists will present Mozart’s “Missa Brevis in F Major.” All are welcomed to attend.

St. George’s is located at 808 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Questions can be addressed via email to, or by phone (818) 790-3323.