The Man Mo temple is so close to the hustle and bustle of the city, but at the same time it can be quiet (if there are no tourist groups stamping around) and you can watch the incense coils burning slowly to the ground. Burning incense is a custom passed down from ancient worshiping rituals. When the ancient Chinese rendered cults to God and ancestors, they usually burned their sacrifices or simply certain plants to make heavy smoke, thinking that they could communicate with spirits through the smoke. Having evolved gradually and been popularized later, such a practice has become a way of showing respect for spirits by burning incense.
Sometimes you can watch worshippers lighting incense and candles, and bowing down on their knees several times; the more pious kneel down and kowtow and pray silently at the same time. But not on the day I took the pictures – it was almost closing time at the temple and hence very quiet.
I love the colours in the temple, the traditional mix of red, gold and yellow. The orange to red colour range represents joy and festivity. Yellow and gold stand for heavenly glory. What a glorious temple – and a glorious way to end this year. Happy New Year 2013 everyone!