Numerous candlelight vigils have been held around the world to remember Falun Gong practitioners who have died from torture. The lotus flower is a symbol of enduring beauty and purity in Chinese culture. Since 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party started suppressing Falun Gong, practitioners have held a candlelight vigil every July in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC to commemorate the Falun Gong practitioners who have died for upholding the truth.
The composition of this picture is traditional, namely, the character is put in the center, so as to express a sense of dignity and sacredness. The lotus lamps seem to be alive: they are moving and recounting. The gentle and warm light shines over the girl's pure and solemn face, which manifests a sense of persevering strength in the peaceful scene. She holds in her hands a lotus candle, which represents the precious heart presented by Falun Gong practitioners in the world. The lotus candle illuminates the world, while the candles in the background represent hundreds of thousands of Dafa disciples.
The cruel torture depicted in the lower part of the image is to help people understand that she is commemorating fellow practitioners who died from the persecution. Falun Gong practitioners risk their lives to unfurl banners with the words, “Truth, Compassion, Tolerance.” The banner also shines, just like a lamp, bringing light and hope in the darkness.