Before the Lunar New Year, it is common to see many new red lanterns hanging in some temples. It has names of believers written on them. Red lanterns are being hang up to represent “lighting up a brightness lamp”.
“Lighting up a brightness Lamp” is a folk custom and it means to pray for blessing. It is also known as peace lights, eternal lights or endless lights. It represents the lights will not go off, breaking the darkness and illuminating the future.
According to folk customs, some believers who are at the temple to pray “Tai Sui Ye”, will also light up a brightness lamp in way of praying “Tai Sui Ye” to seek blessing. There are also believers who specially go to the temple to light a brightness lamp for themselves and their families, hoping to seek blessing for themselves and their families in the new year.