The paper lanterns are made from a sheet of thin colorful paper. The shapes and sizes are numerous, there are also various construction methods. The simplest variants consist of a paper bag and a candle. Complex lanterns have hinged bamboo or metal tongues and hard paper. Sometimes the lanterns are made of colored silk (often in red) or vinyl. Silky lanterns are also painted with a folding extension and with Chinese characters. The lanterns made of vinyl hold out in the rain, wind and in the sun. Paper lanterns are easily breakable, those of silk less. The gold paper fades in a short time and the red silk looks more like a mixture of pink and red.
In the Asian cultural area
The paper lanterns are found in China, Korea and Japan and are often associated with certain festivals and festivals. In Western cultures, they are often encountered in Chinese quarters, where they are hung outside and catch the attention. In Japan, the Bonbori and Chochin Traditionally, they are named with the special font Chōchin moji labeled.
The flying paper lanterns are called sky lanterns, they are often released at night for aesthetic effect at lantern festivals.
In China, there are five different classes of lanterns: the baby bottom are miniatures, nowadays often associated with the Christmas decoration. The second class is Rolling Paper, which are tall, cylindrical lanterns, often found in restaurants and bars. This is followed by the Tomato Light, or Big Red: the classic round medium-sized lantern. In the fourth grade is the Crystal Magic, which are different shaped geometric lamps with many squares and triangles. The last of these is called Buddha's Gastronomy - the grand and magnificent globes are suitable for decorating temples and presenting them at festivals. There are also traditional Chinese paper lanterns, in most cases red, sometimes in other colors. They are round or capsule-shaped and can be seen in shops, temples or festivals. The red color symbolizes happiness and joy.
Decoration for special occasions
Modern decoration for the walls in striped look
Lanterns for festive mood
Thai style decorative paper lanterns
In the western cultural area
To place candles or tealights in small paper bags (called luminarias or farolitos) and to let them outside is a tradition in Central America, used there for Christmas.
During the festival (Festa della Rificolona) in Florence, the children carry colorful paper lanterns through the streets.
In Switzerland, Germany and Austria, as well as in other German-speaking countries in Europe, there is the St. Martin's parade, during which the children walk around with homemade paper lanterns.
Beautiful effect with lanterns in pink and spring blossoms
Romantic lighting in the garden
Pergola in the garden
Paper lantern in purple