Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is a day of remembrance and unity for those who have experienced the tragedy of losing a child and for those who support them. It has been celebrated since 1997 and is now celebrated in many countries around the world. The event is supported by churches, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and other institutions.
The holiday was founded by the Rev. Simon Stevens in 1968, when he brought together two families who had lost children. He believed that sharing stories and experiences could offer some form of consolation. On this day, candles are lit at 7 pm in each time zone, in order to unify the world in grief.
Lighting candles can be beneficial in many ways, for example:
- They can have soothing and healing properties.
- They can help with insomnia.
- They can act as a decoration.
- They can help relax from gadgets.
- They can create a spiritual atmosphere.
How to take part
To take part in Worldwide Candle Lighting Day, light a candle in memory of the children who have passed away. You can also support grieving parents by offering words of comfort or practical assistance. Find out what events are taking place in your city and join them to show your support.
When is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day celebrated in 2023?
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is observed on the second Sunday of December each year.