How to Make Egyptian Ramadan Lanterns

Written by megan shoop
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Egypt's Ramadan festival comprises the ninth month in the Muslim calendar. Muslims fast during each day of Ramadan, abstaining from food, alcohol, tobacco and self-serving activities. Ramadan days teach Muslims patience and reflection. People are allowed to break their fast after sunset and, after eating, they often celebrate in the streets. A long-held tradition is the use of special coloured lanterns called "fanoos" to decorate the landscape; they are most often carried by children, who enjoy the chance to be on the streets at night.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Gold card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Coloured parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Battery flicker candles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the gold card stock in front of you so the long sides are horizontal.

  2. 2

    Draw six long, thin rectangles on the stock, spacing them about one inch apart and leaving one inch of space on either end of the card.

  3. 3

    Cut out the rectangles with a sharp utility knife, which creates six "windows" in the card stock.

  4. 4

    Cut six pieces of coloured parchment paper for your lantern, making them about ½ inch larger than the windows. For instance, if your windows measure 2.75 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall, the parchment pieces should measure 3.25 inches wide by 4 inches tall. Choose up to six paper colours.

  5. 5

    Glue one paper rectangle over each window. Allow the glue to dry for at least two hours.

  6. 6

    Fold the card stock into a hexagon, creasing it between each of your windows and creasing the last ½ inch of each end of the stock. Glue the folded ends over each other to complete the hexagon.

  7. 7

    Place your lantern over a battery flicker candle. Don't use real candles; they pose too much of a fire hazard.

Tips and warnings

  • Create larger or smaller windows to make lanterns with fewer or more sides. For instance, if you cut four large windows, your lantern will be a square. If you cut eight small windows, the lantern will be an octagon.

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