History of Star Lanterns

A Brief History of Star Lanterns

Diwali Star LaternsWe can trace the concept of star lanterns back thousands of years.  In India, the Diwali Festival, also called the Festival of Lights, celebrates the triumph of good over evil with the lighting of small oil lights.  This celebration dates back to at least 527 BC.

In its current incarnation, Diwali is celebrated by the hanging of brightly colored and lanterns of many different types.  It is an important cultural tradition in Hinduism, Jainism and other Hindu Sects, lasting 5 days.

Sometime in the mid-1990's, the commercial concept of our current incarnation of star lights was born.  The idea of a hanging paper lantern that collapses flat and is easily assembled was truly a stroke of mathematical genius.

Initially stars were simple five-point affairs made from handmade papers that were cut and glued together by hand.  The result is nice, but somewhat plain.  Eventually, the stars themselves were printed and the cut out areas were backed with glued tissue paper.

The tissue paper addition was the final step in today's version of the hanging paper star lamp.  When lit from within, these stunning stars take on the character of stained glass, with brightly lit areas of color surrounded by exotic printed areas.