Lanterns Are Dramatic!

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They are used for camping, lighting the night on a patio or outdoor space, emergency lighting, and for decorating, of course!

Decorative lanterns exist in a wide range of designs. Some hang from buildings, while others are placed on or just above the ground. Lanterns look even more dramatic and illuminating; of course when several are grouped together or hung  in a decorative fixed manner.

A primitive form of candle lantern, made from white horn and wood and called a lanthorn, was first made in the time of the English King Alfred the Great (849–899).

Lanterns are first spoken of by Theopumpus, a Greek poet, and Empedocles of Agrigentun.  Lanterns were used by the ancients in Augury.

Lanterns are used in many Chinese festivals. During the Ghost Festival, lotus shaped lanterns are set afloat in rivers and seas to symbolic guide the lost souls of forgotten ancestors to the afterlife. During the Lantern Festival,, the displaying of many lanterns is still a common sight on the 15th day of the first lunar month throughout China. In Chinese festivities, the kongming lanterns can be seen floating high into the sky during festivities.

Besides many coastal gift shops a huge assortment can be found at Pottery Barn


Photos By Melissa Tyler