All over China, you see children wearing red scarves around their necks.
The red scarf indicates that these students are members of a special Communist Party organization just for children aged 6-14– the Young Pioneers.
The red color represents the blood sacrificed by martyrs of the Revolution. I’m not sure how much the children really understand of the significance of the scarf. It’s almost more of an accessory to their school day dress. Because it’s so cheerful, even I hardly consider the deeper meanings. I simply think, “There is a child coming home from school.”