Lanterns and the Thouand Grandchildren

The Paper Lanterns for Weddings have its roots in ancient Chinese and Thai history. Lanterns were used for all sorts of special occasions as symbols of hope or good wishes. The people of Thailand believe their lanterns are symbolic of problems and worries floating away.

Historically, lanterns were used in ceremonial practices such as weddings. They were made from white gauze paper and typically had four red paper letters attached. The characters, which adorned the lanterns, included expressions of respect and good luck for the bride and groom. They might also display wishes for “a hundred children” and “a thousand grandchildren”. A modern day couple might find such wishes on the extreme side, but they would certainly appreciate how heartfelt and warm they are.

China is rich with proverbs and quotations like these, many of them absolutely appropriate for a wedding ceremony. What about this one: “Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking”? Perhaps this was the inspiration for the song made famous by Ronan Keating, “When You Say Nothing at All.” Another proverb that seems apposite for a wish on Paper Lanterns for Weddings is this – “the palest ink is better than the best memory.”  


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