Lantern FAQs:

Q: Is a lantern used to describe many types of portable lighting?

A: Yes, but lanterns originated as a protective enclosure for a light source - usually a candle - to make it easier to carry and hang up, and more practical outdoors or in drafty interiors such as passages and staircases where unguarded candles were more likely to be blown out by gusts of air - not just from wind but even opening a door.

Q: Are lanterns somewhat hazardous owing to the danger of handling flammable and toxic fuel?

A: Yes, and danger of fire or burns from the high temperatures involved, and potential dangers from carbon monoxide poisoning if used in an enclosed environment.

Q: Are lanterns the central theme of the Seoul Lantern Festival?

A: Yes, and too.

Q: Are lanterns used in many Asian festivals?

A: Yes.

Q: Were lanterns usually made from a metal frame?

A: Yes, and commonly with a hook or hoop of metal on top.

Q: Are lanterns very bright?

A: Yes, and can easily be used as reading lights.

Q: Are lanterns set afloat in rivers and seas to symbolic guide the lost souls of forgotten ancestors to the afterlife?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lanterns also used to transport the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Great Saturday during Holy Week?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lanterns used in religious processions and liturgical entrances?

A: Yes, and usually coming before the processional cross.

Q: Are lanterns very widely considered an essential safety measure?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lanterns produced by many manufacturers including Coleman?

A: Yes.

Q: Are lanterns still a common sight on the 15th day of the first lunar month throughout China?

A: Yes.