Lanterns have been a part of Chinese culture since the Eastern Han Dynasty, and today they are the focal point of festivals that happen all over the world. The frame is made of bamboo, wood, rattan or wire, and the shade is made of paper or silk. Lanterns can be created in any shape or color, and they 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 you see a Chinese lantern, take a moment to reflect on the history behind these beautiful creations.