Shaoheng Feng nominates the red candle as a key to the “craft of love” in Chinese culture.
Poems of Red Candle
In the bridal chamber last night stood red candles
Waiting for the morning to salute the father and mother in the hall
Asking my husband softly after putting on makeup
Does the eyebrow shade perfectly match my eyes
The candlelight gave off a fascinating light
The candlelight can also bear witness to our everlasting love, just like carving an oath on a stone
The candlelight can witness the moment of our wedding at the same time, and let us remember our vow to love each other deeply
The light through the candles. I can see that my eyebrows are drawn just right
At the same time, we make a vow that will be never changed, everlasting.
Shi Su from Song Dynasty
One of the most famous weddings in Chinese history featured third Emperor Yao, around 2,300 BC. His wedding was celebrated with great fireworks, filling the skies with smoke and bursts of light. Countless flocks of birds were seen to appear in witness to the event. In reference to this wedding, today young Chinese couples burn red candles on their wedding night. Red symbolises good luck and health, as well as eternal love.