What are Chinese lanterns?

Answer Chinese lanterns are more than the brightly-colored, paper-wrapped frames commonly seen in gift shops. They are cultural artifacts with a long history. They come in simple and elaborate shapes such... Read More »

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What were Chinese lanterns used for?

Chinese lanterns are an easily identifiable feature of Chinese cultural tradition. The Chinese Lantern Festival is held on the night of the 15th day of the first lunar month and has evolved into a ... Read More »

What did the Chinese make which was originally used for window painting, lanterns and umbrellas?

Though the Egyptians invented papyrus, true paper—fibers mixed with water, flattened and left to dry in sheets—was invented by a Chinese eunuch named Ts'ai Lun in A.D. 105. Paintings on paper w... Read More »

Can Chinese lanterns be black?

In traditional Chinese culture, red is the color of virtue, happiness, luck, prosperity and harmony, making it appropriate for times of celebration. Although black is not associated with death and ... Read More »

Who invented Chinese lanterns?

The exact origin of Chinese lanterns is something of a mystery. Some claim Chinese lanterns began in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.), while others say the East Han Dynasty (25 A.D. to 220 A.... Read More »