Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is an annual observance that falls on December 8 of this year. Some of our children would have gone so soon from us. The reason may vary for numerous reason and their absence would have left us hopeless and isolated. On this Day, people will honour their son, daughter, sister, brother, grandson, granddaughter by lighting candles for one hour. Although they have left, their memories stay with us. In the loving memory of that beloved child or children who left so soon, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is observed.
“My grandmother lived on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy, and she used to go to church every day. She’d go in, light a candle, she’d pray, and as a child, that was comforting to me.” – Leah Remini
History of Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
The first observance of the Worldwide Candle Lighting Day was held in the year 1997. The Day is commemorated on the second Sunday of every December. The Compassionate Friends by the American Association of Orphaned Parents have initiated this observance in the year 1996. A self-help group of parents who had lost their children has originally founded this association in England. The Compassionate Friend’s Worldwide Candle Lighting Day was started in the United States. It was initially started as a small internet observance done in honour of children who had lost their lives and live lived tragically short period. They would have lost their lives due to illness, accidents, war, and any other reason. On this day, hundreds and thousands of persons lit candles at 7:00 p.m. at local time.
These candles will be placed on a window from the outside. With one-hour time shift, each candle goes out in a time zone and will ignite in the next one. What it does is it creates the impression of a light wave that travels around the planet in 24 hours. The basic idea behind this light wave is the Worldwide Candle Lighting as “That their light may always shine” or “May their light shine forever.” They commemorate and honor the memory of all children who had gone too soon. The observance has soon spread throughout the world as the remembrance day. Globally, hundreds of formal candle lighting events will be held. Along with it, thousands of informal candle lightings will also be conducted in homes where the families gather in quiet remembrance of children.
Other Celebrations on December 8
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How to Celebrate Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
The best way to celebrate the Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is by lighting candles in the memory of those children who lost their life. To make this Day more memorable, you can lit candles at 7 p.m. local time. You can even indulge yourself with The Compassionate Friends by means of local services like the churches, hospitals and other groups. Organize a Worldwide Candle Lighting prayer in your locality if there is no such celebration. Share your views and thoughts about the Candle Lighting Day on the social media using the hashtag #WorldwideCandleLightingDay.