Known for its brutally cold winters, Harbin attracts visitors from around the world for the annual "Harbin Ice and Snow Festival." The first Ice lanterns were a winter-time tradition in northeast China. Peasants and fishermen often made ice lanterns by pouring water into a bucket that was then put out in the open to freeze. A candle was then placed inside resulting in a windproof lantern. From then on, people made ice lanterns and put them outside their houses or gave them to children to play with during some of the traditional festivals.