When you want to create a sense of spirituality and mysticism in your home this Ramadan, paper moon lanterns are a great way to light up the dark hours until Suhoor. The moon has invoked feelings of awe and fascination since time began and although it isn’t a symbol of Islam (there aren’t any), it does hold significant meaning as the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar calendar.
Lanterns have been used for Islamic celebrations for centuries
First used in Egypt, it’s thought that the use of lanterns originated in 358 AH when Caliphate Al-Muʿizz li-Dīn Allah arrived for the first day of Ramadan and was greeted by the people holding their lanterns.
While we no longer need lanterns to light the night and welcome friends and family, we still use them as decorations for Ramadan both inside and outside on the bustling city streets to create a feeling of festivity for the holy month.
Paper moon lanterns are a great decoration for any home
There’s a wide range of paper lanterns available to buy online to decorate your home and these can vary from the simply sophisticated through to elaborate elegance. Whether you want to see some inspirational Islamic text throughout your home or take in the crescent moon as you wait for Suhoor, paper lanterns come in a variety of styles and designs, so you can choose the ones that hold meaning for you and your family.
Making paper lanterns with your children is a great way of getting into the holiday spirit of Ramadan
Even though you’re fasting for Ramadan, your little ones aren’t but that doesn’t mean they can’t join in with the spirit of Ramadan in their own way. Making moon paper lanterns is a great way for children to join in with the celebrations and understand what the holy month is all about.
Not only does crafting the lanterns stretch their creativity and imagination in designing and making them, it can also deepen their knowledge and understanding of Islam as you discuss what you’re making, and what the moon and chosen text represent. Plus, they get to see them hanging in your home for everyone to look at and admire.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference when celebrating Ramadan, and a moon paper lantern is a small yet symbolic item we can use to light our way to Suhoor.