Worldwide Candle Lighting Day - December
Sun, Dec 11, 2022

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is joined by people who have lost a child or provide support to families facing this grief. Unfortunately, there are many tragedies in the world … Our task is to unite and honor the memory of those who ascended to heaven.


The holiday has been celebrated in the United States since 1997. During this time, many countries have joined it – and this warms the soul. The loss of a child is an irreparable loss that is very difficult to bear, but there are things that can ease the terrible pain. The Rev. Simon Stevens in 1968 brought together two unfamiliar families whose children had died. The man was sure that grief would unite people, and mutual stories and stories would be a consolation. And he was right!

All over the world, candles are lit at 7 pm in their time zone – this means that throughout the day the entire planet supports the flame of grief. The event is supported by churches, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and other institutions. Families all over the planet come together to light a candle and remember the children who have passed away before their time.

Interesting facts

5 reasons to light candles more often:

  1. Products have soothing and healing properties – it is not for nothing that many cosmetologists and massage therapists use them in sessions. Looking at the flame, the mind becomes clear, energy and calmness are felt even in the darkest times.
  2. They literally treat insomnia – you just need to light them an hour before bedtime and indulge in pleasant memories.
  3. They act as a decor – a beautiful and well-groomed house always cheers you up.
  4. They help to relax from gadgets, bring the brain to a normal state.
  5. They make the atmosphere spiritual – with a candle flame it is so easy for a person to speak out, to share his pain.

How to celebrate

Light a candle on the Worldwide Candle Lighting Day in memory of the children who have died, whether you have experienced the tragedy personally or know such stories. Support grieving parents in word or deed – ask what they need at the moment. Find out about the events that will take place in your city today and join them.

When is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day celebrated in 2022?

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is observed on the second Sunday of December each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday December 11 2022
Sunday December 10 2023
Sunday December 8 2024
Sunday December 14 2025
Sunday December 13 2026