Chinese Lanterns are a symbol of joy and good fortune
Throughout the ages, the Chinese have used lanterns not only as sources of light or simple paper decoration, but they symbolize vitality, social status, and good luck. Around the world, the round, red lantern remains one of the most easily recognized trademarks of Chinese culture.
Traditionally, there were three major types of Chinese lanterns: hanging, flying, and floating. In recent times, a new type of lantern has become increasingly popular: giant, colorful lanterns representing various motifs.
Hanging lanterns are the most common, and you’ll find them used as decorations in Chinese restaurants and businesses around the world. In China, you’ll find Chinese lanterns hanging in public spaces, shops, restaurants, and even used as street lights.
Hanging lanterns are particularly common during festivals as they are said to bring good luck. During the Spring Festival, red lanterns are meant to scare the Nian monster away. They grace countless venues from the beginning of the Spring Festival to its conclusion 15 days later on the Lantern Festival.