Harmony Moon’s World Peace Wish Tree
|Harmony Moon’s World Peace Wish Tree|
You may have noticed the World Peace Wish Tree in our front window at Harmony Moon, the one with all the colorful tags tied to its branches. We started this tradition at Harmony Moon many years ago and it has been our most popular holiday activity ever since.
Our Wish Tree is based on an ancient Japanese tradition. During the annual Tanabata Festival in Japan, bamboo stalks are placed at strategic locations in a public square or park. People write their wishes on slips of paper and tie them to the bamboo trees. At the end of the festival, the bamboo stalks, with all of their wishes, are burned. The fire takes the wishes of the people up to the heavens to be heard by the gods.
|The Imagine Peace Tower of Light in Iceland|
Our Wish Tree is inspired by Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace project. Yoko’s Wish Tree art installations were started as a way to memorialize her husband, John Lennon, after his death. Wish Trees have been installed all over the globe and more than one million visitors have tied their wishes for world peace to the trees. The wishes then are gathered together and buried under the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavík, Iceland.
|The Pathway of Peace in Washington, D|
When Harmony Moon (then known as Mindful Hands) was in Alexandria, VA, we would gather our Wish Tree wishes in a basket every year and walk them down the Pathway of Peace in front of the White House and then burn them in the National Yule Log.
In this way our wishes will become part of the Tower of Light, a grand visual reminder to the world that “peace & love is what connects all lives on Earth.”