While wandering around Chinatown with the tourists, we came across this hotchpotch display of lanterns and later discovered they were from all over the world. If you wanna have a look, it’s just outside the Chinatown MRT (subway) station). We were taken with all the riot of colours of the lanterns against the restored shophouses.
I have always associated lanterns with Chinese culture and have never given a thought about how it also features in other cultures – probably influenced in ancient times by China. These had a function before we had electricity and served as portable lighting devices, but these days they are mainly decorative and made of paper, cloth and plastic.