Palace Lanterns, Luoyang
The palace lanterns of Luoyang firstly appeared in the Eastern Han Dynasty and flourished in Tang and Sui Dynasty. According to the tale, after the Emperor Guangwu of Han Dynasty made Luoyang a capital, he ordered that lanterns and coloured festoons were hung up and feasts awarded in the palace at the Lantern Festival. Later the skills of making the palace lanterns become known among the people and the name of “palace lantern " is derived from this. The palace lanterns of Luoyang are various in style and the most common ones are square lanterns with white caps , red gauze lanterns , hexagon- shaped lanterns with dragon heads on, revolving scenic lamps , butterfly lanterns ,and lamps with designs of two dragons playing a big pearl ball, and arhat lamps ,etc., among which the red gauze lanterns are the most famous ones. The drawings of mountains and rivers, figure paintings and lantern riddle, etc. on the palace lanterns are liked byr the masses. Today, there are all sorts of modern palace lanterns which are made with electronic devices in.
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