First Chinese lanterns were invented in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220 AD) and used primarily as a light source and for the worship of the Buddha. In China and overtime throughout east Asia, lanterns became widely known, especially during the time of festivals. Today, modern Chinese lanterns have become an art of illuminated sculptures.
Chinese lanterns were rarely known by American people until the debut of Chinese Lantern Festival at State Fair of Texas in 2012. Chinese Lanterns transformed the historic lagoon into a spectacle and stunned every visitor. The festival was one of the most celebrated cultural events in Dallas and it has generated rave reviews from both the critics and attendees. Now Chinese Lantern Festival has become popular throughout the country.