Chinese lanterns are often used in celebrations and festivals in Asia, especially in association with the Chinese New Year. There are a number of varieties, ranging from types meant to be hanged and some meant to be released to float up into the night sky. Though traditionally made of paper, this example is made out of felt fabric and features a red body with gold characters. In some Chinese traditions, the color red is associated with joy and good fortune.
Discovery Kit: Holiday Traditions (December 9 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.