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The lantern is a light source with a protective cover over the light and a handle for portability. Prior to the invention of electricity, lanterns were used as a primary source of light in the evenings and the protective cover served a functional purpose to protect the light and protect the area around the light from fire. While lanterns are still used as a light source, more recently they have increased in popularity as a decorative item. The light source can be powered by a flame, battery or lightbulb.

Lanterns for Camping

There are several categories of use for lanterns, including functional, decorative and religious. Camping lanterns are the most common functional use for lanterns. Lanterns are especially portable due to their size and handle design, making them an optimal choice for lighting for outdoor adventures. Various size lanterns are available to accomodate usage needs. In addition, the lantern has evolved with technology and many are now rechargeable with a standard usb cable, making them even more convenient for camping and other outdoor activities requiring a light source.

Lanterns as Decoration

Perhaps the most popular use of lanterns is as a decorative item. Lanterns can be placed in any room in the home to elevate decor and create an inviting atmosphere. Brass lanterns and copper lanterns are a popular choice for porches and entryways to brighten the space. Garden lanterns add interest to outdoor spaces and can illuminate at night to create a magical atmosphere. Red lanterns are also traditionally used in Asian festivals and during holidays to symbolize light and hope and to honor ancestors.

Lanterns for Religious Observances

The lantern is an important artifact across many religions. The light serves as a symbol of hope, guidance and is also used to acknowledge and honor ancestors. They can be placed on altars or carried by processions.

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