Why we light candles?
The are many reasons why someone might light a candle. One of the most common is to provide a beautiful scent and aroma throughout your home helping you feel relaxed and cosy. There are many different scents available, from our natural jasmine and sandalwood, sweet French pear to fresh cotton. These can all evoke different feelings within. Have you ever just lit a candle and stared at the naked flame drifting two and from thoughts? It can be one very relaxed and wonderful feeling. There is always a new scent burning around my home. (This could be because my house is full of candle making supplies)
Candles can also be used to style a home or workplace to provide an aesthetic feeling. The range of colours they come in can make a huge different to the feel of the room. One of the worlds largest candles and most well know is the ‘Peace Candle’ located in Oregon and it rises 15 metres high and is said to serve as a symbol for the desire of world peace.
Religion is also why someone may light a candle. In Christianity, a candle can be considered a common symbol of the light of god. Lighting a candle can also help in prayer and focus and are commonly used in services of mass on a large scale. Votive candles are small and are used in prayer and this has been going on for centuries. Christians also light a candle for someone else while Praying.
In Buddhism you also light a candle daily and it is said that light of Buddha’s teaching is represented in the light of a candle. They are also placed in front of shrines as a mark of respect as well as incense which has been going on for centuries. During lent Thai Buddhists celebrate the Candle Festival where thousands of people come together with their beautifully decorated and crafted candles while marching through the streets in a parade of light and fun.
Judaism, similar to Christianity, uses candles, many in evoking peaceful and calm atmospheres. In Judaism candles are always used at the home a great deal. An example you would have heard of is during the celebration of Hanukkah, a candle that is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah with the 9th holder there as a helper to light all other candles or to be used as an extra light.
They also play a part in the Shabbat which is a weekly period of rest which lasts from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Candles are lit either side of its beginning and end. Candles are also lit prior to Jewish holidays, such as Yom Kippur and the Passover. With so many people who light a candle all of the world they remain one of the most used items around.
whether you are looking for a candle for something spiritual, aesthetic or to fill the air with a scent your heart desires our range of scented candles will have something for you.