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Use Colorful Chinese Lanterns, Silk lanterns and Party Lights for any Occasion

If you’re looking for some imaginative party lights ideas for your next outdoor get together or celebration, a quick search online will give you plenty of inspiration. Chinese lanterns and silk lanterns are a must for Chinese New Year, and they also make wonderful party lights for an elegant Asian inspired party decor.

Cultural celebrations such as Chinese New Year, or Yuanxiao Jie, which is also a kind of Chinese Valentine’s day, and the mid-Autumn festival, have a long and fascinating history. Making and displaying Chinese lanterns is an integral part of the tradition.

Asian lanterns come in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and colors, and can be made from a variety of materials including silk, rice paper, mulberry paper, wood and bamboo. Balloon shapes, pumpkins, stars, flowers and fish are very popular. Many traditional designs have a rich symbolic meaning, for example, the traditional fish trap shape is said to bring good luck, and the lotus symbolizes the Zen notion of living in the moment.

Asian style lanterns can be used both with and without a light source, like an electric bulb or a candle. Even without a light from within traditional paper lanterns can purely decorative on their own.

If you like to be really creative, it’s great fun to make them yourself. A basic decorative paper or silk lantern is simple enough even for the kids to make.


Kids craft Chinese Lantern

Silk and wood Chinese Lanterns


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