Lanterns, also known as fanous, have become an important Islamic symbol.

Lanterns are mostly associated with Ramadan (the holy month of fasting) as well as Eid: two very important observances for Muslims.

There are many stories about how lanterns became an enduring tradition in Islam. The most famous one states that the Fatimid Caliph Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah visited Egypt. Here, the people of Egypt lit the Caliph's path with lanterns as he walked through the streets.

Today, lanterns can be found illuminating homes, mosques, markets and shops during Ramadan and Eid. You can learn more about these two special occasions in our Islamic Faith Gallery.

During this engaging workshop, children will have the opportunity to create their own solar lantern infused with the essence of the fanous. Our facilitator will guide them through the creative process, helping them design, decorate and assemble their lanterns with colourful patterns and Islamic motifs.

By partaking in our Solar Lanterns workshop, children will have the opportunity to experiment with creative expression, while gaining a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of lanterns in Islam.

Solar Lanterns is open to primary school-aged children of all skill levels, making it a ideal opportunity for them to engage in hands-on learning while exploring the beauty and vibrance of Islamic culture.

Limited spots available. Register today!

Please note: this workshop is held at the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub. All participants are required to meet directly at the venue at 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe, VIC 3079.

This workshop is supported by Banyule City Council.

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