Chinese Lanterns

History of Chinese Lanterns Traditional lanterns originated about two thousands years ago in ancient China during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220). Lanterns were mainly used as a light source and eventually as aspects of Buddhist worship. During the Eastern Han Dynasty, the Emperor was a Buddhist and he ordered the inhabitants of the imperial palace and citizens to light lanterns to worship the Buddha. Later, this custom gradually became a grand festival among common people. In the Tang Dynasty (618–907) lanterns were made in order to celebrate people's peaceful life and present China as a powerful country.
The Art Of Crafting Lanterns A variety of crafts were used in making lanterns such as Chinese paintings, paper-cutting, and pricking and seaming and many kinds of materials such as bamboo, wood, wheat-straw and metal were used in their manufacture. Paper and silk were the major materials.
Zigong & Lantern Festival Zigong is the originator of the Chinese Lantern Festival. As one of the Historical and Cultural Cities of China, Zigong is called "Lantern Town in the South Kingdom". For more than 20 years, the city has hosted the largest Lantern Festival in the world and won a reputation of "Best in the World Light".
Modern Lanterns Today, lanterns are merely used for decorations and celebrations. Modern lanterns vary in shapes and use modern technologies such as sounds and movements. When Chinese Lantern Festival debut in Texas in 2012, a giant lotus lantern at the center of historic Lagoon at Fair Park, Dallas was created with its leaves that open and close periodically. Lanterns of large structures such as Temple of Heaven, Porcelain Pagoda, and Imperial Dragon Boat were also created to amaze visitors.