China's lantern makers are gearing up for the new year Workers assemble lanterns at Luyang Industrial Park in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 26, 2016. (Du Yu/Xinhua Press/Corbis/Song Jie/Xinhua Press/Corbis)
China's lantern makers are gearing up for the new year
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Nothing says Chinese New Year like a bright red lantern. It bobs and shines its good luck message. For many, these iconic lanterns are identified with China. Each year, China's annual lantern festival brings more awareness to the traditional form of lighting.
 
Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 28 this year. The lantern festival will take place on Feb. 11. For China's lantern makers, it's right around the corner.
 
The Agence France-Presse writes that lantern makers in China's self-proclaimed "lantern capital," the village of Tuntou, in Hebei province, are working overtime. They must make thousands of handmade lanterns in time for the holiday season. Tuntou has a long history of lantern making. China Central Television reports that the village has produced lanterns since the 18th century. Artisans spend a lifetime working on their craft. Then they pass along their skills to their relatives.
 
Tuntou has cornered an estimated 70 percent of the domestic market, CCTV writes. China's annual lantern output is staggering. It is estimated to be in the tens of millions. They are built in both large and small factories. The push isn't just for Chinese New Year. The lanterns are used for other celebrations, too. But Chinese New Year is the granddaddy of all lantern holidays.
 
The color red symbolizes good luck in Chinese culture. And many lanterns are painted with phrases in Chinese. Tuntou's Communist leader tells the AFP that most lanterns are now decorated with "socialist core values" slogans that reflect Xi Jinping's priorities. Xi Jinping is the leader of the entire country of China. His priorities are said to be prosperity, democracy, civility, freedom, equality and harmony. They also include justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship. But on China's Weibo microblogs, 90 percent of online comments about the slogans are negative, reports the Asahi Shimbun.
 
Whether you see them as political statements or just pretty objects, one thing is for sure. It is that China's lantern industry isn't slowing down any time soon.

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COMMENTS (105)
  • giavannac-orv
    1/20/2017 - 02:25 p.m.

    i think its cool that they put red on the laterns because they symbolize good luck. i wonder why the comments are negative.

  • Samantha-E2
    1/21/2017 - 04:47 p.m.

    For Chinese New Year, artisian lantern makers have to perfect their lantern making skills for a long time. The lanterns are red which symbolizes luck, and there might be a lucky phrase in gold Chinese characters. I think that it is cool that in some Chinese provinces, there might be tens of thousands of lanterns in the sky. I would like to see the tens of thousands of lanterns fly away.

  • joeg-goa
    1/23/2017 - 09:51 a.m.

    90 percent of online comments about the slogans were negative because they were justice,the rule of law, patriotism, dedication,integrity and friendship. Asahi Shimbun reports negatively. According to the article `China's lantern makers are gearing up for the new year' it said in paragraph 6,`They also included justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship."

  • marbellar-goa
    1/23/2017 - 09:54 a.m.

    90 percent of online comments about the slogans are negative because the comments reflect on Xi Jinping's priorities and Xi Jinping is the leader of the entire country of China. According to the article "China lantern makers are gearing up for the new year" it said that "slogans reflect Xi Jinping's priorities. Xi Jinping is the leader of the entire country of China.". Xi Jinping priorities were good things but many people were against the priorities.

  • diannaf-goa
    1/23/2017 - 10:20 a.m.

    90% online comments about the slogans are negative because the priorities said to be prosperity, democracy, civility, freedom, equality and harmony.Also justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship.According to the article 'China's lantern makers a gearing up for the new year' it says he is the leader of the entire country of china.

  • joanat-goa
    1/23/2017 - 10:20 a.m.

    There is 90 percent of online comments about slogans negative because they say that china is becoming our enemy and they are related to our political statements going on right now.According to comments ''China's lantern makers are gearing up for the new year'' it says that they are becoming our worse enemy's.

  • josem-goa
    1/23/2017 - 10:21 a.m.

    90 percent of online comments about the slogans negative because most lanterns are now decorated with socialist core value slogans that reflect Xi Jinping. According to the artical, China's lantern makers are gearing up for the new year, Tuntou's Communist leader tells the AFP that most lanterns are now decorated with "socialist core values" slogans that reflect Xi Jinping's priorities. Xi Jinping is the leader of the entire country of China. Thats why there are so many negative comments.

  • jorgeg-goa
    1/23/2017 - 10:23 a.m.

    90 percent of online comments are negative from the slogans because the statements are relating to the bad political statements going on. in the article "China's lantern makers are gearing up for the new year " it said that they don't believe in good luck and so they are starting to get there hopes down but the Chinese symbol is very cool. That is why 90 percent are negative comments.

  • elenaa-goa
    1/23/2017 - 10:25 a.m.

    90 percent of online comments about the slogans negative because they don't like the leaders comments.According to the artical " prosperity, democracy, civility, freedom, equality and harmony. They also include justice, the rule of law, patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship."

  • emilyr-goa
    1/23/2017 - 10:43 a.m.

    Well by reading the comments alot of people are saying things like china is are enemy and also people think that they are related to the political statements going on but that is not true.People are just saying what other people are saying about china and their culture,but I think that china is a wonderful country.

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