Delray Beach, FL – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has announced it will not be hosting its annual Lantern Festival this year on October 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The museum understands how meaningful and magical this holiday is to their guests and will be offering beautiful Lantern-at-Home Kits to light up at-home celebrations and welcome home beloved ancestors' spirits in honor of Obon.  

To participate, Morikami invites the public to take photos of their toro nagashi (literally, flowing lanterns) in a pool, lake/ocean, bathtub (get creative!) and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #lanternathome and tag @morikamimuseum. All participants who share a photo submission by October 12, 2020, will be entered for a chance to win admission for two to Lantern Festival 2021. Ten winners will be announced on October 19, 2020.

Lantern-at-Home Kits ($20) can be purchased in the Morikami Museum Store or online and support the museum’s mission to provide Japanese cultural experiences that educate and inspire.

The Lantern-at-Home Kit includes a wood base, white wishing paper, a tea light and a link to exclusive Lantern Festival content made available only for Lantern-at-Home participants.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. For more information, visit or call (561) 495-0233.