Tuesday, September 22, 2009

History of the Lanterns

The very first paper lanterns stemmed from the ancient Chinese who used it to protect their light-giving flames from the wind and the elements. In Japan their sole purpose was to satisfy the need for light during times of darkness. What started out as a functional art form, transformed over the years into a very decorative item that symbolised status and importance. Since then the making of these little lights has really changed and designs broadened into very diverse lanterns. Far removed from the Asian rituals, these lanterns charmed the western world into buying them as pure decorative items. Many restaurants, shops and even party planners swear by the effect these little charmers have on their customers, so they use them in a lavishing display of fun.

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