With Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in full swing, AAPI Montclair is hosting its 2022 Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance. The free event will take place at Edgemont Park in Montclair and include thousands of lanterns that will light up the sky. Read on for details about the 2022 Lantern Festival and to learn more about AAPI Montclair.
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The 2022 Lantern Festival Details
The lantern festival will take place in Montclair on Sunday, June 5th from 6PM – 9PM on Valley Road in Edgemont Park. This event was created by AAPI Montclair in 2021 to remember those who have been killed or harmed by violence, injustice, and anti-Asian hate — with the lanterns serving as a memorial.
“We stand together against all forms of hate and celebrate community and solidarity, and our shared goals of securing justice for all,” AAPI Montclair stated on the website.
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Happenings in addition to the lanterns include live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, the opportunity to dedicate lanterns with a special message, community partner tables, and a program featuring local and state leaders. Some of the sponsors for this event include Montclair Public Library, Out Montclair, Human Needs Food Pantry, Montclair Film, Toni’s Kitchen, and Montclair Mutual Aid.
Although the lantern festival is free, those interested in donating or sponsoring a lantern can do so here. Funds will be raised to help cover the cost of the event, support AAPI Montclair, and raise funds for the Asian American Federation and the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice.
About AAPI Montclair
AAPI Montclair is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that represents Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Montclair, North Jersey, and beyond. Its mission is to help create a more inclusive community by uplifting the experiences of AAPI people while promoting awareness and education about AAPI culture and history. The organization hosts a variety of events throughout the year to help spread core values of inclusion and belonging, community, diversity, and justice — including special events for each year’s AAPI Heritage Month.