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Got a hobby? If you don’t, it’s not a surprise. The art of the hobby has receded into the mysterious corners of memories from days of old. With the world’s hustle and bustle now a whisper of movement, it’s the perfect time to pick up a hobby beginning with a hobby list, because January is Hobby Month! Here’s how:

List of possible hobbies.

Write down all the hobbies you’re open to take on. Try to include one or two that you thought you’d never try in your life. It could be the one you’d stick with. If you have one and are already happy with it, move on to the next number.

Research activities and materials involved.

Some hobbies can be expensive, like photography, gaming, and even some forms of art. Choose one that gives you joy, not stress. Evaluate each one according to your preferences, lifestyle, and budget.

Find a hobby buddy!

It’s always better when you do things with a friend. Once you’ve decided on a hobby, look for someone in your circle who you’d love to join. They might be able to connect you with a new acquaintance, who can be your hobby buddy or a class you can join.

Make time for your new hobby.

Depending on your hobby it can be from 15 minutes a day to a couple of hours on the weekend. There’s no strict rule, but intentionally setting a regular schedule to follow would help you maintain it. Make it light, so you don’t overwhelm yourself, and don’t feel guilty if you weren’t able to follow it religiously.

Decide if you want to stick with it.

Like they said, you never know until you try. Dive into a hobby before saying it’s completely not for you. Wait at least until you’ve finished an output, a game, or a small project. That way, you have a good gauge of whether or not it’s something you’d like to continue doing.

 

At this point, you might be wondering, “When do I monetize my hobby?” The real question is, should you? In today’s hustle culture, the answer would come as a surprise, because you really don’t have to. While turning your passion into your livelihood is an ideal way to find a career, you don’t have to make money out of everything you enjoy doing.

Commit to it because it brings you joy. That’s enough reason to start a hobby, invest in it, and keep at it. While you’re deciding on one or possibly interested in more, might we interest you in the simple but beautiful and therapeutic art of candle making?

Yes, there are more candles out there! Some of these you’ve probably used or encountered but never realized they were specially made than others. You can also find candle recipes for some of these, but other types of candles simply won’t appear in an article on “How to Make Candles.” Think you know these?

Liquid Candles

These candles don’t have to wait for the wax to set. Light it up in its oil form! The wax is simply called “liquid wax” and is usually made from pure mineral oil, also known as paraffin oil. They’re rated safe for use in food establishments and would be ideal because they neither release smoke and soot nor drip melted wax, creating a mess.

They burn for a long time, even up to 100 hours but always check if the brand you’re getting can last as long as you intend it to, although these are sure to stay for at least a day. They’re transparent in color, placed in small transparent bottles about two inches in height and 2.5 inches in diameter.

Birthday Candles

Aside from their bright and cheery colors forming letters or words, birthday candles don’t seem too different from most candles, but they are. The distinction between this and other candle types is very subtle and wouldn’t be noticeable to most people, but they make them the candles they are.

A happy birthday candle is made from beeswax. It makes it harmless to place on edible food, such as cakes and cupcakes. Beeswax is an all-natural wax that provides a clean burn, releasing zero toxins, unlike manmade ones such as paraffin. Birthday candles also don’t drip, so you don’t have to worry about eating wax with the icing in your cake.

Sparkler Candles

What’s the difference between sparkler candles and a sparkler? They’re very similar, but like ordinary candles and birthday candles, they’re made for specific uses. Sparklers aren’t safe to be kept close to your face, shooting straight up, much less to be placed on food meant to be eaten.

Sparkler candles are entirely all right for indoor use, unlike sparklers. They also don’t shoot as many sparks, so there are much fewer chances of them burning something or someone. They don’t release smoke and are made to resemble candles when not lit, so they look pretty much like your standard happy birthday candle. It’s a sparkler birthday candle!

Cartridge Candles

Generally, they’re thicker and more affordable candles. They’re the go-to freestanding candles during emergencies, as in when you don’t have an emergency light on hand during blackouts. The thicker body makes for a broader base and a steadier candle.

Simply run a match or another lit candle across the bottom to melt the wax slightly and push it down hard on a smooth surface to stick it there. It will likely remain standing there unless the wax didn’t melt enough or wasn’t firmly placed on its spot.

 

Special Item: Flameless Candles

Like their name, they don’t emit any flame or actual heat, but they still give off light and a warm vibe. Because they’re not a fire hazard, they’re a popular choice among those who have kids and energetic pets but still want the coziness that candles bring to their homes. You can easily buy them in stores, but one downside is you can’t make them yourself if you enjoy the DIY route.

 

The exciting thing about candle science is it’s very unassuming. Two candles may appear very much alike in form and function but are two different candles because of their composition. Many of the industry innovations were only recently developed, so it’s exciting to think of what’s to come in the next few years!

Feeling down? Uninspired? “Meh?” Then it’s a sign to begin eating right, exercising, soaking healthy sunshine, and using aromatherapy! There will be days when you can’t find it in you to be positive and stay driven enough to accomplish your goals. The good thing is you can always get a little push because happiness and motivation can be found in the little things.

Scented Candles for Aromatherapy

Candles are one of the kinds of aromatherapy products available in the market. It has a great advantage over others because it combines the beauty, mood-setting, and environmental benefits of candles with those of essential oils. Just like how color affects a room’s vibes, the scent does, too, but while repainting your room is expensive, scented candles are much more cost-effective and practical.

While we recommend essential oils to ensure your candles are all-natural and environment-friendly, candle fragrance oils work well, too, and even better if you want the scents to be more pronounced. However, keep in mind the burn will no longer be toxic-free and as clean. These are the best candle scents recommended for each purpose or mood.

Romantic

Perfect when you’re on a date, whether starting a new relationship or rekindling one you want to last. Invite them to dinner at home, and before you sit down to a delicious meal, light a candle that will add a subtle aroma that complements the ones from the dishes. The smell of vanilla, oranges, cinnamon, and a hint of spice will have you both swooning over each other for a memorable night.

Invigorating

When you want to concentrate on work and amp up your productivity, choose the right scents. Scents like lemon, jasmine, eucalyptus, and peppermint are easy go-to’s for many. Rosemary is also one but maybe too powerful for some, so remember to check with others if you’re sharing space. Cinnamon is also great for enhancing focus.

Relaxing

The benefits of these scents are wide in range and tremendous. Do you want essentials oils for anxiety? Lavender is always at the top of the list, followed by other aromas like rose, honeysuckle, and bergamot. The calming effect it has is undoubted. If you want essential oils for sleep, burn some chamomile or sandalwood an hour before bedtime. Remember to put it out before you turn it in for your safety.

 

The advantage of making your candles is you get to pick and choose the ingredients, even mix scents to come up with your unique combination. If you prefer the ease of buying a ready-made scented candle, you can still check whether the oils used are essential or fragrance by merely asking.

Essential oils are more expensive than fragrance oils, but they’re worth the health and environmental benefits that fragrance oils can’t provide. The price difference won’t also be felt as much when you’re making the candles yourself. If you already have essential oils for diffusers on hand, you can use the same ones for creating your scented candles!

 

 

 

 

 

Would you guess that something as simple as a candle has such a rich history and develop many varieties over the centuries? Thanks to passionate candlemakers, we can now create many types to serve different tastes, occasions, and purposes, especially more eco-friendly ones. Want to know what other types of candles are there for you to choose from for your next romantic dinner, party, or even just some me-time? Read on.

1. Container Candles

They’re the safest if you don’t want to worry about the flame moving around and setting fire to a close object. Container candles are made to stay inside a jar, tin, or another similar non-flammable holder with room for the candle’s body and the wick to remain upright.

They’re typically made from soy wax or paraffin, although other types of waxes should be just fine. It’s recommended for beginner candlemakers to start learning how to make candles with container candles as they’re more comfortable and safer to earn while learning the basic candle recipe to using different waxes to add fragrance dye.

2. Pillar Candles

Made from wax that can support itself, such as palm wax, it doesn’t need a container to keep it standing. That’s why they’re also known as freestanding or self-supporting candles. Pillar candles are great for using color and decorative waxes because the sides are in full view.

They’re famous because of the art that goes into it and because they’re smokeless and can burn for hours. Pillar candles range from as small as 3 inches in height to more than five times that. Other popular ways of decorating with them are to place them on a fancy plate or tray.

3. Tealight/Floating Candles

Also known as floaters, this unique feature of tealight candles makes them a favorite piece for romantic events. Among the different types of candles, they’re the only ones that can float on water. Seeing little flickering lights along the water looks lovely on its own but is even better when it’s sailing along with flower petals.

When they’re not placed on water but in a container, they’re commonly used for heating teapots and food, which is how they got their name. They’re typically made from either soy wax, a light wax for container candles, or palm wax, a preferred pillar candle wax. Suitable for a couple of hours, place them around a room for a “lit” party!

4. Votive Candles

With a special place in history, spirituality, and culture, votives are candles used for religious purposes, often taking part in traditions. They look similar to tealights, but they require a container because they’re made to liquify. After, the melted wax is absorbed into the wick to be burned completely, sometimes called “consumed.”

While many smallholders can hold either a tealight candle or a votive candle, the latter’s ideal shape would gather the liquid wax at the base of the wick so it can be absorbed and then burned. Avoid using ones that are more than double the size of your candle. That’s votive candle science for you!

5. Taper Candles

Remember the old-fashioned types of candles that were tall and slender? Yes, those are taper candles. While not as in-demand as they once were, place them in their holders, especially a candelabra or a candle tree, and revealed is the elegance they were once celebrated for.

Only an inch in diameter and averaging almost 20 inches in height, these candles are often made from either paraffin or beeswax. When you want to give an air of timelessness or regality, take out the taper candles and dust the grandmama’s candle tree.

 

Such beautiful choices—and these are just the most common! Picked out something you like? Have you decided on a favorite? It’s best to try using each type to know what works best for you according to the purpose. You’ll have so much fun going through them, and you’ll stir up a curiosity for the less common ones! Oh, yes, there are more. Look out for that article!

 

Choices, choices, choices! There are so many options for gifts during this season. Some brands even sell them already in a box, wrapped, or simply with a bow tied, and it’s ready to be given away! With all this, why would you bother making your gifts? For several great reasons! Read on to know how DIY presents can level up your Christmas, and the recipient’s as well.

1. You decide on the quality.

Tired of overpriced Christmas presents that aren’t worth the money? Start making better ones. It’s not being stingy but holding value to every dollar you spend on things you wholeheartedly give. Going the DIY route gives you more for every buck spent. Tip: Hearts & Crafts has high quality eco-friendly candle waxes you can use to DIY special candles for your loved ones!

2. You can make it personal.

Add details so the receiver knows it was created just for them. Add their favorite scent, make it in their favorite color, and have their name on it. Any object is truly different when you know it’s yours, and was made just for you. Looking for a gift container? Check out our candle tins which can be personalized for your friends!

3. It surprises them!

Something pleasantly unexpected like a handmade gift is always welcome, even when the person says they don’t like surprises. It helps make gift-giving an even more memorable experience. Remember the last time you received a surprise you enjoyed? Spread more of that into the world one present at a time.

4. It allows you to make use of your talents.

Making something yourself just adds another layer of you that a store-bought gift doesn’t have. Real friends and family would cherish your abilities because they’re part of who you are. They’d be happy to get it wrapped in such a rare and tangible form. Love candle-making? We have some tips for you!

5. The gifts are special.

Even when you’ve patterned them from an item you saw or made a batch of identically designed presents, they’re still unique and special because you made them. Once you make gifts that are truly your own, then they become one-of-a-kind.

 

Start Your DIY Gift Project Now

Think of someone you’d love to give a present to. Then envision the perfect gift. Consider that your starting point. If it’s too complicated for you to make, come up with more ideas or create a simplified version. It’s important that the gift is something the recipient will treasure, and a creation you’re proud of. Feed your passion, love your craft!

 

Ever thought about the reason why you place candles in windows at Christmas? It’s a simple tradition that holds so much meaning and history. One of these reasons could be why your family has continued to observe the practice to this day. Christmas traditions around the world share the ritual. Know your family’s history more, and the stories of entire countries, races, and people behind the soft glow of that dancing flame upon wax.

Have a Very Irish Christmas

There are many ways that the Irish do Christmas differently, but candles in windows are one of their most significant Christmas traditions. In the 17th century, Catholicism was persecuted in Ireland by the British government. Irish priests were given until May 1, 1698, to leave the country, and several rights were stripped from Irish Catholics.

Devout followers continued to practice their faith in secret, developing several ways to exercise it in secret. One of those ideas was to place candles in windows for Christmas to invite Catholic priests into their home. The residents will receive the holy sacraments, and the priests will get food and a safe place to stay.

Traveler’s Inns and B&Bs

It’s not clear whether this was derived from the Irish Catholic practice, vice versa, or if it’s an entirely independent Christmas tradition that coincidentally shares a strong similarity. Bed and breakfasts, hotels, inns, and any homes willing to take in travelers for the night are known to put up candles in windows.

Initially, it began with homes and B&Bs, then was eventually adopted by bigger establishments, namely inns and hotels. The next time you go traveling, you might want to keep an eye out for a candle resting on a windowsill. It could be a sign of welcome for rest to those who wander but always be cautious. Do your research ahead, and trust your gut when internal alarm bells start ringing.

Significant Family and Religious Events

Candles in windows aren’t just for Christmas. They can represent either the mourning or the joy of a family, but both represent hope. In the sad event of a missing family member, the candle represents looking forward to their return. In times of happiness, the candle announces the birth of a new family member, welcoming them, possibly adapted from the birth of Jesus Christ.

Religiously, candles in windows during the holiday season signify the Magi following the star to the baby Jesus. The Jewish also place their menorah, a 7-piece candelabrum, on windowsills to remember the miracle of the one day’s worth of oil burning for eight, nonstop. Both practices celebrate displays of great faith that were key moments in their religion and beliefs.

Meaningful Traditions of the Season

They’re not just great stories but real events that shaped history, represented by a beguilingly modest act of placing a candle in windows at Christmas. This holiday season, spend time to contemplate how its past shaped your present. Have you lit your candle yet?

 

 

 

 

 

Certain smells remind us of specific memories, people, times in our lives, and seasons. In particular, some are associated with Christmas scents, and you can’t help reminisce about holidays past when you get a whiff of them. Usher in the spirit of joy and cozy weather by adding these smells to your home, preferably using Christmas candles for windows. 

Cinnamon

It’s not Christmas without it! This spice rack favorite is a star in big feasts, and so the more at the biggest feast of the year. It was highly valued, even as much as silver in the first century! Used to preserve food and add an inviting scent to several dishes, like cookies, eggnog, and pies, it’s hard to imagine this special time of the year without this scent.  

Snow

The weather will always play one of the biggest roles. The temperature dropping, and icy flakes falling mark the beginning of the Yuletide season. White and wetsnow permeates the air with a crisp and clean smell that has become one of the signature Christmas scents. Be reminded of snow angels, and snowball fights that come with this annual period of cheer. 

Pine (Christmas trees)

What’s one addition to any home in this season that’s most well-loved? Christmas trees! The lush green stands as a wonderful reminder of life and provision during the coldest time of the year when the rest of nature is barren for the time being. Adorned with various trinkets, it’s a magical sight to both young and old. Remember to add essential pine oil the next time you’re making candles for that Christmas tree effect. 

Hot chocolate

No drink on Earth is more perfect than hot chocolate for the holidays. It’s sweet, creamy, warm, and, of course, has that chocolate flavor. Little marshmallows only increase its comfort factor beyond the scales. There’s no reason not to love it, and you can’t outgrow it. Chocolate is indulgent comfort. 

Gingerbread

Ever wondered why we make reserve the gingerbread for Christmas when we can have it any time of the year if we wanted to? For centuries, gingerbread was only used for religious ceremonies and could only be made by specially trained people. In the 17th century, they finally allowed the public production and consumption of it exclusively for Christmastime. That’s why to this day, gingerbread is considered a Christmas treat only. 

Roasted chestnuts

Unlike many of those on this list, roasted chestnuts don’t have an interesting and complex history to how it began. The reason it is done during winter is it’s when the chestnuts begin sprouting in trees, like snow. The US doesn’t have chestnut trees anymorewhich became extinct due to a virus in the 1900s, but we still enjoy imported ones from North Europe where roasted chestnuts are seasonal street food. 

Oranges and cloves

When the air indoors gets stale from keeping the windows and doors shut to keep out the coldit’s time to whip out the pomander balls. They’re oranges pierced with cloves that release their fresh scent as they dry, lasting for months on end. It’s a natural and affordable way to spruce up your home. It also doubles as an endearing Christmas activity you can do with the family. 

 

How to Add Christmas Scents

There are several ways to incorporate these holiday smells into your home. You can use an essential oil diffuser or Christmas potpourriBut our personal favorites are Christmas-scented candles. That soft glow from a Christmas candle just makes a place a touch cozier. Enjoy the aromatic appeal as you make your Christmas list. 

It’s the time for cheer, and the time for giving – gift-giving to be specific. Santa isn’t the only one who has a list of people to give presents to. Do you find yourself stressing what to give to whom? Scented candles make great presents that anyone you know is sure to enjoy, even when they’re not thrilled by it at first, for several good reasons.

There’s a lot of variety

You can find one for everyone. Nowadays, we have different types of waxes available, as well as color and scents! They come in different containers, with so many designs to choose from, some unique, while you’d find other scented candles in bulk. There are also different types of candles, made for a certain purpose. You’re sure to find one that suits each person’s taste and needs. If you’re not sure, play it safe and go with bestsellers. There’s a reason they’re labeled as such.

They’re great for any occasion

Whether it’s for a birthday or Christmas, most candles would be appropriate for whatever occasion. Want something romantic for date night? Go for a deep-colored candle, with a similar fragrance. Getting ready to host a party? To make a candle more festive, add glitter to the outer side of the container or use birthday candles. With the number of options, find one that fits both the occasion and the recipient’s style.

They’re wonderful pieces of décor

Who wouldn’t love gorgeous pillar candles with swirling color on an end table in their foyer? For a more subtle approach, have a row of simple medium-sized candles in glass jars instead. You can also put one in any part of the home, whether it’s the bathroom, bedroom, or study. They’d never be out of place. Even take one of the jar candles to your office, and really make that table your own. Just remember to ask management before lighting it but it’ll still look good even if it stays unlit.

They improve wellbeing

Candles are naturally cozy. A single candle adds a sense of warmth and comfort to a room. Scented candles have a different level of power. Depending on the fragrance, the ambiance of a space will change accordingly. It can also affect the mood, contributing to the state of a person’s mental health and wellbeing. If you’re feeling stressed, light a lavender-scented candle. If you want to be invigorated, choose eucalyptus. It’s a simple ounce of therapy that doesn’t cost you a ton of money.

They’re personal

Scents, colors, and even items like a ribbon or other wax figures, have different meanings to each person. Smells have the power of recalling certain memories, reminding you of events and people in your life that had an impact on you. When chosen well, a scented candle is a very thoughtful gift, and reflects the amount of care you have for the receiver as well as your relationship.

Scented Candles Make Great Gifts

On their own, candles are a source of joy and marvel but even more so when they have scents. They instantly hold more value because of the numerous effects it triggers in our brain. People also react differently to each scent so there’s no such thing as the best scented candles.

It doesn’t matter if you purchased cheap candles. Knowing how one affects the person receiving it is key to getting the perfect gift, and choosing the best candles. Start with finding your own perfect candle. It’s a good excuse to get yourself a present and go shopping.

Bring the holiday cheer to your family and friends! There’s no better way to do that than with lovely Christmas candles. It’s a thoughtful gift that’s easy to personalize. You can shop around for the supplies needed or purchase a kit and save time. Choose to keep it simple or let out your creative talents! Follow these ideas or take cues to come up with a standout design.

 

1. Coat Your Candle Holder in Glitter

Glam up the old tradition of Christmas candles for windows. Nothing gives a more celebratory vibe than an overload of sparkles. Use an adhesive made for arts, such as a decoupage medium or a glue spray, to coat the jars where you want the glitter. Then pour on the glitter and let it dry overnight. You can add another layer of decoupage medium or spray lacquer to seal in the glitter and protect it.

However, the aesthetic isn’t for everyone. Alternatives for a toned-down look still create a joyous mood, like a simple pop of Christmas color. If you don’t want the loudness and mess of glitter, opt for matte tins in festive shades of winegoldor tealand they’d still look good on your windowsill.

 

2. Choose Christmas-Scented Fragrance Oils 

Sights, sounds, and smells have a unique feature of being able to resurface specific memories that involved them. Just like pumpkin spice brings back memories of fall, the holiday season has its own scents, too. These are a few that remain popular Christmas scents, and characteristic of this time of the year: 

  • Cinnamon 
  • Hot Chocolate 
  • Pine 
  • Spiced Orange 
  • Sugar Cookie 
  • Frankincense 

Make Christmas-scented candles more personal for a special loved one, and create one with a fragrance that reminds them of a happy holiday experience they had, even if it’s not traditional. What makes a gift truly thoughtful is when it holds meaning to the recipient. If you’re not sure what they’d prefer, go the safe route and use a popular scent. 

 

3. Create a Layered Candle 

Ready for a creative challenge? If you’re not sold on the idea of giving candles as a gift, you can step it up on the design to make your candle a true standout. Produce multi-colored Christmas candles, a different hue for every layer. 

Get a jar or a candle holder of clear glass and pile on layers of different colors. Wait for each layer to solidify before adding the next so they don’t mix. If you’re daring enough, have a different scent for each layer that matches the color, such as pine for green and cabernet for red. Test the effect when two scents mix in the air before doing this. 

 

4. Ice Candles, Anyone? 

The crystal pattern matches the winter season perfectly. The great thing about it is it’s a natural phenomenon that happens to a specific type of palm wax, so there’s no extra effort necessary. When the wax sets, crystal-like design appears on the surface. It’s even more prominent and fascinating when in color! 

Simply follow the same steps of making a candle. Be sure to take note of the melting point, fragrance point, and pouring point indicated. Add a scent and dye, if you like, and then watch the transformation happen. Palm wax is self-supporting, so it doesn’t need a holder so that it can be displayed in all its glory. 

 

5. Floating Tealights for Charm and Wonder 

They also give a cathartic effect similar to a spa, giving your guests a feeling of escape from the daily grind. It’ll be a small but effective way to help them detach and be present for Christmas. Any wax can be used to create floaters, but if you’re planning to place them in a pool or bowl, best to use safe all-natural waxes to avoid releasing toxins. 

Pour the wax into molds specifically for floating Christmas candles because it’s necessary as they’re short and widewhich keeps them above water. Be sure to fill them to the top, as they’re likely to shrink once they cool. Add extra wax in the recessed area to create an even surface. Once they’ve fully set, they’ll slip right out of the mold. If they’re difficult to remove, try freezing them for a few minutes, and the candles will ease out. 

 

Candles for a Cozy Christmas 

Fight off the winter blues as you create that lively and cozy atmosphere only this special time of the year can bring. The holiday season is a long one, giving you lots of time to try different candle art and décor ideas! Spice up your Christmas decorations by changing up your candles every week. Then go ahead and paint the wholtown in your art by spreading cheer through your delightful DIY Christmas candles. 

Hark the heralds! The holiday season has begun. Across the world, it’s a special time of the year for different reasons. Even in the shared joand beliefs, we all celebrate it a little differently. Take a short holiday trip around the world to get a snapshot of what it’s like in other parts of the globe and what their holiday candles look like. 

 

Advent  

The Advent season welcomes the official start of the holiday season among several Christian denominations. It has no fixed date and follows the liturgical calendar. It’s represented by the Advent wreath, which consists of a wreath of green leaves and four candles. Three of the candles are purple, the color symbolizing prayer, sacrifice, and atonement for sins in the waiting for Christmas 

During this time, one of the candles is lit every Sunday. The first candle is lit for hope, in honor of the prophets. The second candle stands for faith, shown in Mary and Joseph’s journey. The third candle is pink anreminds Christians of the joy that is to come. The fourth and final candle is the “Angel’s Candle, the purple candle of peace, and marks the last week of waiting for Jesus’ birth. 

 

Hanukkah 

The celebration of Hanukkah lies in rich and bloody Jewish history. Several civilizations conquered the people. Hanukkah celebrates the uprising against one of these conquerors, successfully overthrowing them, which led to the rededication of the Second Temple. Hanukkah is Hebrew for dedication, but it’s also known as Festival of LightsIt’s celebrated between November to December. 

It’s an eight-day festival that commemorates how the lit menorah’s candles continued to burn for eight nights straight, despite having only enough oil for one. This event is known as the Miracle of Lights, symbolized by a candelabrum of eight candles in a row, one added and lit per day, set alight by a ninth candle that’s separated from the rest. 

 

Navidad (Christmas) 

In Sante Fe, New Mexico lives an old religioucustom that dates back to the 1800s, originating from across the Pacific Ocean. Instead of the holiday candles on windowsills, paper lanterns line the locals’ streets and homes, lighting the way for the Holy FamilyIt‘s a Roman Catholic tradition that began in the Philippines. 

Inspired by Chinese paper lanterns, the Filipinos placed votive candles and sand in paper bags, which have become the farolitos or luminarias known today. Some now choose to use flameless candles to make their little lanterns safer, but you can still find purists making them just how their ancestors did. 

 

Kwanzaa 

Every year, African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa from the 26th of December until the 1st of January. The festival was introduced to the US in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate the first fruits, kwanza being taken from a Swahili phrase with the same meaning. It’s not one ritual from Africa brought to the US but a combination of parts adapted from several. 

Like Hannukah, a candle of the seven on the candleholder, called Kinara, is lit on each night of Kwanzaa, followed by a discussion of one of the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles. These are qualities derived by Dr. Karenga from African culture. The first candle to be lit ia black one representing unity, or UmojaAll Seven Principles are the following:  

  1. Umoja, or Unity 
  2. Kujichagulia, or Self-Determination 
  3. Ujima, or Collective Work and Responsibility 
  4. Ujamaa, or Cooperative Economics 
  5. Nia, or Purpose 
  6. Kuumba, or Creativity 
  7. Imani, or Faith 

 

Holiday Candles Across the Globe 

On the windowsill, down by the road, celebrating bountiful harvests, or awaiting a beloved savior The season and holiday candles can be different to many people, but they’re just as special. Sharing and upholding the very essence of our traditions with one another is what’s important. Happy holidays to everyone! May we continue to see the beauty and meaning in all our holiday candles.