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Burning Candles means paying/praying respect!

Another photo from Chinese New Year at Longshan Temple in Taipei, Taiwan.

Before was the Main temple, then gift giving, then yesterday Kau Chim sticks, and today the use and the way with candles - tomorrow incense.

Two Candles

The lighting of a candle represents the light of wisdom illuminating the darkness of ignorance. The rack with candleholders can usually be found somewhere in the courtyard of the temple as seen in the photo. Stand in front of the candle rack, light your two candles and as would be done with incense hold them against your forehead. Repeat your prayer and bow three times. Thereafter, place your candles in the rack. Later would be incense.

Please see WS photo to further expand on the visual performance of this ritual.

David

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