Emily's Paper Lantern
As a special treat, at Chinese New Year Emily is allowed to go to Chinatown with Hing to see the celebrations. Everywhere she walks, she sees huge paper lanterns, all brightly coloured and aglow. Lanterns are even more important at the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. That's when, on the 15th day after New Year, the Festival of Lanterns takes place. The festival has been celebrated in China for at least two thousand years. It's a night of singing, dancing, lantern displays, parades and fun for everyone.
It's actually very easy to make your own paper lantern — just remember to never, never put a lit candle inside it. This lantern is just for show!
Instead of using construction paper, you can also use handmade Japanese paper, which you can find in most art-supply stores. This kind of paper is very beautiful and often has flower petals or flecks of glitter embedded within the sheets. It is more expensive, though, so for your first try at making a lantern you might want to use regular construction paper.
Try making your own celebratory lantern below:
2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise with the line facing out.
3. Cut slits in the paper, stopping at the line. Make each slit one inch away from the previous slit.
4. Unfold the paper and decorate with the markers and glitter glue (optional).
5. Glue the short ends of the paper together to make the lantern.
6. Glue the ends of the strip of paper to the top of the lantern to make a handle.