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From ancient Rome to modern day Australia, candles are part of any celebration.

Written by Kara Ericson

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Posted on April 11 2022

There are not many in your home that are more versatile and meaningful than a candle.

Candles come in all shapes, sizes, scents, colours, and designs; and are used for so many different purposes. Lighting a candle is such an important and meaningful part of many services and celebrations, and is an expression of joy, reverence, and reflection. 

Whether you’re celebrating or reflecting, candles are there.

Candles for celebration

The joyous time of a marriage ceremony is traditionally a time for the symbolic use of candles. Two taper candles will represent the two individuals, and a solid pillar is symbolic of their coming together in a union. 

When celebrating birthdays, blowing out candles on a birthday cake goes back to an old belief that smoke will carry our wishes and prayers to the heavens. 

And in remembrance, lighting a candle for the deceased signifies that their memory lives on and burns bright.

Cultural and religious candles

Each culture and religion have their own reasons for using candles, and generally it is the ritual of lighting the candle that holds the most meaning.

The ancient Romans lit candles in their temples and spiritual spaces in an act of prayer, and this is still commonplace in many churches today. 

The lighting of candles before a shrine as a show of respect is also common in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. 

In types of Christianity, soft and subtle candles are often used in to represent prayer intentions.

Significance of candles in Australia

With ANZAC Day approaching, it is interesting to look at the significance of candles for war memorials.

A flame is widely accepted as a symbol of eternal life. An eternal flame at a war memorial symbolises our eternal gratitude towards fallen soldiers. Candles help us reflect and remember the sacrifice of the more than 100,000 Australians who have given their lives in war.

Rise – The Candle Studio

 

Rise – The Candle Studio is extremely proud to offer a limited-edition Australian Bush fragrance candle to enjoy this ANZAC Day.

The divine mixture of lemon, pine and eucalyptus will take you on a walk through the Australian bush; and the warmth of Patchouli and Sandalwood will complete the experience.

To order your Australian Bush Candle, visit risethecandlestudio.com.au