Lanterns are one of mankind’s oldest inventions and have been around for thousands of years. Candles, oil pots, and kerosene were some of the fuel sources. These lanterns were used for homes, temples, public buildings and became one of the oldest industries of mankind. The wicks of early lanterns were made of materials that are familiar historically: papyrus, ordinary rush, linen, and flax. (Source)

Lanterns have no doubt been used in ceremonies probably from the time they were invented. They’re used in many Asian festivals and in more recent years, in Rise Festivals. These festivals are conducted around the world. They make use of biodegradable lanterns, called sky lanterns. The ones in the videos I mention in the paragraph below were made with four sides on which messages could be written and sent heavenward as the lanterns were released into the night. The sky lantern is powered by a small fuel cell or even a candle. To read more about sky lanterns, go here.

This is a short, beautiful video of the a release of sky lanterns in what’s called a Rise Festival. Here’s another one. For more information about an upcoming Rise Festival in the Mohave Desert on the Moapa River Indian Reservation 32 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, go here. The event takes place October 5th and 6th in 2018.

FunFacts about Lanterns (Source) (Source)

  • Lanterns originated as a protective enclosure for various forms of light but usually a candle.
  • Lanterns typically have a metal frame and glass sides.
  • Lanterns have a metal hook or loop at the top in order to hang the lantern in a convenient place or for carrying it outdoors.
  • Lanterns had up to eight sides but four was common.
  • Early lanterns were often made with thinned animal horn as the translucent side material. This had a safety feature in that, unlike glass, if dropped it wouldn’t shatter.
  • The use of lanterns on ships was of prime consideration, especially when there was gunpowder aboard. An open flame, like a candle, was a risk. The sides of these lanterns would also be made of metal grids, thinned animal horn or perforated metals like tinplate, again for safety reasons.
  • In one written instance of pirate code, the punishment for failing to use a ‘lanthorn’ below decks, was 40 lashes. (Source)
  • Lanterns are used in many Asian festivals.
  • Types of lanterns
    • Fueled lanterns, with toxic, flammable fuels
    • Wick lanterns
    • Mantle lanterns use ‘a woven ceramic impregnated gas mantle to accept and re-radiate heat as visible light from a flame’ (Source)
    • Manually pressurized lanterns like a Coleman camping lantern
    • Battery powered lanterns
  • Early Roman lanterns burned olive oil.
  • Whale oil was one of the early oils used for candles and lanterns and was used by the aboriginal peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
  • One of the first Kerosene lanterns was developed in Baghdad in the 9th (Source)
  • Kerosene is produced by distilling crude oil/petroleum.
  • The Chinese made use of Kerosene as early as 1500 BC.

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36 thoughts on “Lanterns

  1. There is a scene in the animated movie TANGLED that is just so incredibly beautiful that it moves me to tears. The first and last picture reminds me of it.

  2. The sky lanterns are so beautiful! I’m more familiar with the paper lanterns used during Japan’s Obon festival where people set the candle-lit lanterns floating down the river as a way to guide the ancestral spirits back to their world.

  3. I have always found lanterns to be a thing of beauty. We have quite a collection of railroad lanterns. I just love all of the different colored glass that the railroad used for their lanterns. They are timeless and works of art as far as I am concerned.

  4. On Cape Cod, lanterns we’re released in honor of my brother-in-law who passed unexpectedly this spring. It was very emotionally moving. Sad, but it was one of the better ways to accept closure.

  5. Truly lanterns are a beautiful way to combat darkness: ) …I love old style railroad lanterns too….a result of my late maternal grandfather being a railroad foreman who did repairs on trains and loved them in model form too…but lanterns of all shapes and sizes are great for lighting the way …..especially with angels on them !

  6. The sky lanterns are pretty. It kind of looks like a cross between fire raining down from heaven and beautiful night stars twinkling above . A beautiful way to honor a person whom had passed before us or to send out prayers to heaven,or to simply give thanks for the people in our life. Lanterns are beautiful even though I’m don’t own any I appreciate the use and beauty of them. I like the picture of the lantern on the barn.simplicity and elegance at the same time.

  7. Not entering for the bracelet. I love lanterns. I collect as many as my husband will allow. My favorite lantern from the above pictures is the angel/cupid with the horn.

  8. I love the picture when they are released into the sky. I was lucky enough to see this done once and it is absolutely breathtaking!

  9. Lanterns always seem to make a space warm and inviting. All of these pictures are so striking and I especially like the last one. Beautiful!

  10. That first picture is just gorgeous!

    I’ve never released a sky lantern, but I’d like to try it someday. There’s an annual Pathway of Lights at the lake near my new home where they light thousands of luminaries, and I’ve heard that people sometimes release sky lanterns there.

  11. I’ve always wanted to try a sky lantern..or a few. Maybe this summer my family can go to the beach and release some to honor those we’ve lost.

  12. All the lanterns are beautiful. But the one were they are released into the night sky envokes deep feelings. I like to paint pictures of lanterns.

  13. I loved the lantern with the angel on it, but I think my all time favorite is the paper ones. I read a book one time where hundreds of people gathered around for a memorial and everyone had a paper lantern to release at once…I still think about how cool that is. Thank you for such informative/fun newsletters.

  14. I have never released a sky lantern, but I would love to and would absolutely love to see it happening. It just seems so wonderful to me. I do not have any lanterns on my deck, but I do have a safety lantern that runs on batteries that I have had for many years just in case of power outages, which we used to have quite regularly. My favorite photo, of course, is of the sky lanterns. Beautiful

  15. I love the first and last pictures the best. Love sky lanterns, they are just so beautiful. Went to a ceremony once where we released sky lanterns-what a site to watch-it’s just so beautiful to see. The only lantern I have is a battery operated one-not so romantic as the old ones were. 🙂

  16. Thanks, Everyone, for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I have to confess that I was so moved when I watched the videos of the release of the sky lanterns. I’m not even sure why it touched me the way it did. But this ceremony, which I also remember from the movie Tangled, must be a core, spiritual connection for all of us. What a blessing for those of you who have already released sky lanterns. I hope one day, I’ll get to do it as well.

    Hugs all around,
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  17. I haven’t had the chance to see the sky lanterns. But I have been to several Obon festivals. And every year Pacific Grove California has a lantern festival. I’ve had a lantern at the Relay for Life that takes place every year. That’s for my mom who is a breast cancer survivor.

  18. I have a vintage kerosene lantern on my antique dry sink.

    We really used lanterns while camping.

    It’s not unusual to go into an Amish-owned business and find hanging kerosene lanterns.

    I hate the smell of kerosene.

    Denise from Maryland

  19. I love the picture of the sky lanterns and the cupid lantern. We still hope to one day release sky lanterns as a family for those we’ve lost.

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