Chinese New Year

In addition of being used for lighting purposes and as aspects of worship, lanterns are also used for decorations especially during Chinese New Year. The common Chinese lanterns are red and round and are decorated with red or golden tassels. Lanterns symbolize vitality, social status and good luck for the Chinese. They also light the way for guests, including the souls of the ancestors. The souls of ancestors are thought to visit their families on occasion of the New Year festival.