A look at Chinese lantern festivals

Since the Eastern Han Dynasty, lanterns have been a part of the Chinese culture, and in today’s age, Chinese lanterns are the focal point of festivals which happen all over the world. With the frame made of bamboo, wood, rattan or wire and the shade made of paper or silk, lanterns can be created in any shape or color and typically feature Chinese calligraphy, painting, paper cutting, or embroidery. Used for a variety of different purposes, the most popular types are hanging lanterns, flying lanterns, and floating lanterns. The next time see a Chinese lantern, take a moment to reflect on the history behind these beautiful creations.