Children born today may never even see one except in a museum, but a lantern was a common household item before the arrival of electricity. It may still be used in certain parts of the world where electricity is not easily accessible.
Have you ever used or seen a lantern? Where and why?
Yes! Used them camping all the time! Excellent for blackouts. There's something about the shape of this type of lantern that's fascinating to watch burning! This model has stood the test of time & hasn't outlived its' usefulness yet!
Yes, if we wanted a special atmosphere at home we had a lantern. Also oil lamps. And when we went carol singing round the village at Christmas, that was always done with a lantern.
Here in Germany they celebrate St Martin's Day at the beginning of November, there are processions with lanterns (usually made in school or kindergarten) and special songs, all about the legend of St Martin and lanterns. It's a really lovely festival.
We used them when we had power blackouts. Miss the old days in that sense, when blackouts meant gazing at stars, sharing stories with the elders, listening to the sounds of nature, and perhaps enjoy the warmth of a candle or lantern.
We always had them in our house when I was a child. . . . trips to the thunder box in the night etc. Lordy, how dangerous it sounds now. . . .all that sawdust. *whoof* LOL. It's quite funny how prized (and expensive) the old ones have become.