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Lantern: Symbol of brightness, love

  • Aulia Rachmat

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 4 2008   /  12:48 pm

Celebrating Chinese New Year (Imlek) without Chinese lanterns is like being in a house with no light. Made of paper, the lantern, called lampion here, is the main focus of attention of the celebration as it symbolizes the wish for a bright future. In addition, the Chinese believe that while red is a symbol of happiness, gold is a symbol of wealth. So, it is understandable that Chinese New Year ornaments like lanterns are artistically designed with a bold red background embellished by a gold motif. The Chinese lantern is really at the heart of the celebration. Not only are the lanterns beautiful and decorative, but they symbolize Chinese history and culture. Our days are brightened by sunlight; our homes are illuminated by electric lights. Otherwise, we would all live in darkness. Similarly, Chinese lanterns have for years represented the light of hope at every Chinese New ...