Paper Lanterns

Art by Jane Loveall

Art by Jane Loveall

Today is two days before the Chinese Lantern Festival which wraps up the New Year festivities, and it’s an excellent time to make our own lanterns and write our wishes on them. Before I share a couple of links to easy pointers on making our own,  I’ll share about their significance.

Falling on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the Lantern Festival is the first significant feast after the Spring Festival. It is so called because the most important activity during the night of the event is watching various Chinese lanterns. And because every household eats yuanxiao (a rice ball stuffed with different fillings) on that day, it is also called the Yuan Xiao Festival. For its rich and colourful activities, it is regarded as the most recreational among all the Chinese festivals and a day for appreciating the bright full moon, and family reunion gatherings. (source)

Art by Michelle Erin Dominado

Art by Michelle Erin Dominado

Chinese lanterns have for years represented the light of hope at every Chinese New Year celebration. Revelers choose the lantern color that expresses their desires and then write their corresponding wishes on the lantern. In essence, this is to ask for blessings from the Almighty.

Lantern Colors and Their Meanings:
Red: Good fortune
Pink: Romance
Peach-red: Decisions and opportunities
Orange: Money
Yellow: Success in school and/or job
White: Health
Light Green: Growth
Light Blue: Hoping something comes true
Light Purple: Idealism

source:`Now how sweet is this pretty paper lantern? Click image to visit Shenanigan Books for this easy paper lantern craft. Also here’s another paper lantern craft The Crafting Chicks share for the 4th of July but the steps work for the Chinese Lantern Festival too.

source: thecraftingchicks.comThese crafts are a fun way to get children expressing their creative outlets; kids of ALL ages! It’s a festive way to add cheer to our homes this Friday. May we all enjoy! My ongoing wishes for a bright, delightful year.

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