Originating from Eastern Han Dynasty, Chinese lanterns were used as lamps in ancient China. The lanterns were made of various things, including paintings, paper-cutting, pricking and steaming and many kinds of materials such as bamboo, wood, wheat straw, and metal. Lanterns were originally used on the twelfth day of the lunar month of worship the Buddah. The Emperor Liu Zhuang, a Buddhist, he ordered the citizens of the imperial place and citizens to light lanterns to worship the Buddah. Later on, during the Tang Dynasty, people made lanterns to celebrate their peaceful life. This tradition is still carried on all through China today, and is a very important part of their culture.
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- Pillai. Chinese lanters. 2011. photostream, China Town . Flickr . Web. 9 May 2013.