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Adalyn Cour (front), 7, of Tinley Park, holds her lantern of love with her sister Brooklyn, 5, at the Water Lantern Festival in New Lenox Saturday, Sept. 7. Rochelle McAuliffe/22nd Century Media
Lanterns illuminate the waters of Shae Pond in the New Lenox Village Commons as part of the Water Lantern Festival
Razhel Buquis, 16, of Naperville, decorates her lantern with her mother Lisa Saunders.
Before launching their lanterns into the water, everyone lifted their lanterns above their head and illuminated the night.
Rochelle McAuliffe, Freelance Reporter
4:00 am CDT September 10, 2019

Love. Healing. Peace. Hope. Connection. Happiness.

This is what the Water Lantern Festival is about.

The Water Lantern Festival tours nationwide to bring the community together to light the water, and on Saturday, Sept. 7, Shae Pond at the New Lenox Village Commons was aglow. More than 1,500 people joined together to enjoy music, and share stories and memories as they decorated their lanterns and sent them off to illuminate the night.