String Paper Lanterns
String paper lanterns have been widely used to celebrate Asian holidays including the New Year, the festival of mid-autumn and the ancient lantern festival.
The lantern festivals held across the Far East are celebrated in the middle of the first lunar month of the new Chinese Year. During the two-week festival children go out at night with paper lanterns to temples to signify the end of the festival. In ancient times these lanterns were plain and simple. Large, ornate lanterns were reserved for the Emperor and noblemen. The Chinese had lanterns hanging inside and around their houses as they believed that the light would help to ward off evil spirits. Now, hanging lanterns of all shapes, sizes and colors are used for just about any occasion or for special decorating accents. They are chosen as they are beautiful, artistic and reminiscient of ancient times.
String paper lanterns have been used in virtually every part of the world, especially in religious or seasonal celebrations. Diwali is a significant festival in the calendars of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Diwali is celebrated as the Festival of Lights. People illuminate their homes and towns with using oil lamps or tea light candles. In some areas they hang lanterns inside or outside their homes. These lanterns are hung from the start of Diwali for about a month.
Swiss National Day is celebrated in Switzerland at the start of August each year and buildings are covered in string paper lanterns and there is also a parade of the lanterns themselves.
So even though it is the 21st century, some things are not that different. The lanterns are still a great way to bring warmth and spirit to your surroundings. The one thing that has changed with string paper lanterns is the variety you can choose from!
Whether you choose earth tones, or vibrant shades like turquoise or fuschia, these paper lanterns will be a lasting treasure. Pick from every shade of the rainbow and all of the subtle hues in between. You won’t believe where you can take your decorating themes with so many lanterns that are ready to float above your head in all of their glitz and glam! Try unusual colors like dark chocolate and lavender or try a star paper lantern in 24 karat gold. There are even adorable white eyelet lanterns to add an innocent touch to a clean, white linen theme. Lit or unlit, these paper lanterns are an easy way to decorate and expand your theme to new heights of creativity. Add a string of lights to brighten up a corner or add some to a vase. Since LED lights do not get hot, there is no fire threat and you can enjoy your decorative look of your favorite colors of string paper lanterns for months or even years to come.