Worker is preparing a candle yarn in Teluk Naga, Kampung Melayu, Tangerang. Chinese community culture and tradition strongly influenced in Teluk Naga. Candle production is increasing during Imlek reached 70% (18/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Happy Chinese New Year

JANUARY 21, 2017

Imlek, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on 28 January this year, marking the beginning of the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. Candles are an important part of Buddhist-Chinese rituals in Indonesia, often thought of as a medium to bridge people and Gods. They are often produced in traditional small factories like this one in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, just an hour away west of Jakarta.

A candlemaker inserts wicks into molten wax in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, on Wednesday (18/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Molten wax is put into casts at a candle factory in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, on Wednesday (18/01) in preparation for Imlek, the Chinese New Year, next week. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A worker files the tip of an oversized candle at a factory in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, on Wednesday (18/01). The factory produces candles up to 1.5-meter high. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A finished candle is carried into a waiting truck at a factory in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, on Wednesday (18/01). Candles from the factory are shipped off to Jakarta, Bangka and Pontianak. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Finished candles are wrapped in plastic, which often features dragon ornaments, at a factory in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, on Wednesday (18/01). The factory produces candles of various dimensions, from 15 kg in weight up to more than a tonne. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The candles at this factory in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, are made from a mix of paraffin and palm wax. They cost up to  Rp 24 million ($1800) for a 1200-kg candle. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A factory worker walks through a row of oversized candles in Teluk Naga, Tangerang, on Wednesday (18/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

These candles from Teluk Naga in Tangerang often end up on the front gates of Buddhist temples in big cities all over Indonesia. (18/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

In Chinese culture, candles can form a bridge between people and Gods. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

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