Man In A Red Polo Shirt Putting Away Red Candles

Man putting candles away in Jin De Yuan
Shot at Jin De Yuan, a Chinese temple in Jakarta, Indonesia tetsuOzawa

The man in a red polo shirt was solemnly putting away candles from a candleholder filled with red candles

A large incense burner was placed in the precinct of Jin De Yuan in Jakarta. And there was a candleholder on which many red candles were erected at the side. It may be because the Chinese New Year was approaching. The lit candles were gradually getting shorter and shorter, but rather than burn out, there were new visitors to put another candle on the candleholder. The pace at which the candles are added is much faster. If I let it go for a minute, the candleholder would be full of candles. Oh, when I thought there was no space for new candles, the temple staff appeared out of nowhere. They removed the shortened candles and made a new space for the candles.

The man in the photo with the red polo shirt was the one who was performing such a role. He was holding several long incense sticks in one hand while dexterously putting the candles away with the other hand. Every candle on the candlestick was red, and the clothes the man putting the candles away were also red. To begin with, the entire temple is based on the color red. In Chinese culture, red has traditionally meant good omen and good fortune.

Perhaps the reason why the People's Republic of China's flag is red is that the color red is a symbol not only of the class struggle between capitalists and workers but also of good omen and fortune.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 16, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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