Going back to the 9th Century AD The Middle Eastern ''Fanous'' is a Ritual Lamp which is meant to be seen as ''The Light of The World'' (as conveyed in Muslim Religion). These are very stylized and elaborate Lanterns made of metal framing and have various shapes and patterns (according to where in The Middle East they are made). They symbolize ''Hope''. Variations of The Fanous may also have existed in Ancient Egypt, as part of worship of The Star Sirius (which was kinked to Osiris and many other Gods). These ''Lantern Festivals'' lasted for a 5 day period.