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  • Writer's pictureMahaletchumi Ganesan

Art & Craft Lantern for Hari Raya!

At Razum International School students are beginning to celebrate Hari Raya with beautiful but simple craft creations. Here is one of Ms. Maha’s favourites.

The Arabic term for lamp is 'fanoos.' A Fanoos is like a lamp, but instead of oil, it is lit by a candle. It's mostly used throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It looks like a Chinese paper lantern, but the paper is covered with Islamic patterns. Why not try it at home, they'll look fantastic draped across your windows.

Make a Decorative Fanoos

What you need:

  • Scissors

  • Crayons, felt tips or color pencils

  • Glue

  • Glitter

  • Lantern template printed on color paper


  1. Print the template and colour it in.

  2. With the line facing out, fold the paper in half, lengthwise.

  3. On the folded edge, make a sharp crease.

  4. With scissors, cut along the dotted lines on the folded edge of the paper.

  5. Unfold the paper and roll it around so that the two short edges are touching.

  6. To make the lantern, lay one of the short sides of the paper down and push the two short edges together.

  7. To build a handle, glue a strip of paper to the top of the lantern.

Then your beautiful Ramadan fanoos are ready to hang on a window.

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