Forest Hills Cemetery

20. PICNIC WITH THE DEAD

FOREST HILLS CEMETERY | 95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston (Jamaica Plain) | 617.524.0128

Ain't no party like a cemetery party, cuz a cemetery party is kind of morbid and weird and there's probably Cure songs about not getting invited to them, but Robert Smith is only kind of bummed because even though it was in a cemetery, he didn't like socializing. Actually, Forest Hill Cemetery's annual Lantern Festival is nothing like that. It's an achingly lovely Buddhist-inspired ceremony in which people gather round Hibiscus Pond at dusk to float lanterns inscribed with messages to departed loved ones across to the other side. Okay, so maybe it's still just a tiny bit morbid — but it's still a great excuse to pack a hamper and go picnicking at one of the most tranquil green spaces metro Boston has to offer.

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