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The Meaning of Christmas Candles

Significance Of The Christmas Candles

Here’s another informative post by Sanchita Chowdhury on the Boldsky blog.  If you’ve ever wondered why we light candles during the Christmas Holiday’s, Chowdhury’s piece explains their significance:

Lighting candles on Christmas is an old tradition. The tradition of lighting candles on Christmas comes from the Jewish ‘Feast of Lights’ or Hanukkah. They mark the birth of Jesus Christ who is the Light of the World. Christmas candles are also symbolic of the Light from Heaven which provides us with warmth during the cold winter nights. When it comes to Christmas, the candle light represents Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is also known as the Light of the World who takes us from the path of darkness and leads us to true light.

The light of the candle signifies the path of illumination and realising the true meaning of human life. It represents spirituality, devotion and faith.

In the medieval times, it was customary to represent Christ with a burning candle. This custom is still followed in most churches and Christian houses. A large candle representing the Lord is placed at the centre of the laurel wreath and is kept burning through the Holy Night. The custom of lighting candles is still followed in its original form in most countries.
In Ireland: The mother or father of the household lights a large candle which is decorated with the holly. Then the family members sit together and pray for all their near and dear ones, both living and departed.
In Slavic Nations: A large Christmas candle is put up on a table after it has been blessed by the priest in the church. Interestingly, the Ukrainians do not use candle stands. Rather they stick the candle in a bread loaf.
In South America: In many parts of South America the candle is placed in a paper lantern with Christmas symbols and pictures of the Native culture for decoration.
In England & France: Three candles are molded together at the base which signifies the Holy Trinity.
In Germany: The Christmas candle used to be placed on top of a wooden pole decorated with the evergreens during the seventeenth and the eighteenth century.
Lighting the candle on Christmas has a one true meaning, no matter how it is lighted, it symbolises one’s faith in God and the fact that human life is not stable. It is sure to melt away with time like the candle.


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Tremor – Huella feat. Micaela Chauque

Buenos Aires based “digital folklore” trio Tremor returns to the forefront of modern South American music with a brand new album on Nickodemus’ Brooklyn based Wonderwheel Recordings. After playing some of the most important festivals and venues worldwide including Roskilde Festival in Denmark and an official WOMEX showcase, the new album entitled Proa continues Tremor’s use of South American folklore traditions and regional instruments to bridge unexpected genres such as Argentine chacarera and Glitch / digital cumbia and electronic. Digging deeper into their folkloric roots and adding a new element of vocals for the first time, Proa is Tremor evolved: the most organic, psychedelic and visceral release of the trio to date, a release where the lines between traditional and digital are blurred into something completely their own.

Proa is also a special album for Tremor as it marks the first time the band has incorporated the human voice into its work, including Micaela Chauque’s soaring neo-Andean mystic vocals on “Huella.” Proa also prominently features the Sachaguitarra, an exotic stringed instrument created by Argentinean musician Elipido Herrera in 1971 – Herrera created this one especially for Tremor and is the only one of its kind in the world. Pioneering the way for folklore of the future, it’s no surprise that the title Proa literally means “the place where the bow of the boat cuts through the water”.


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Children of the Jaguar Documentary

Persevering over eight years, the Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku took their claims to the human rights system of the Organization of American States. In July of 2012, the Inter-American Court came down on the side of the community. The Court declared the Ecuadorian government guilty of perpetrating rights violations, having tried to force the entry of a foreign oil company against the community’s will.

You can follow the community’s inspirational journey in Children of the Jaguar, an award-winning documentary co-produced by Sarayaku and Amnesty International. In addition to their successful legal battle, the community has employed many other savvy strategies to maintain the integrity of their ancestral territory. The documentary demonstrates all of this artfully, alongside key aspects of Kichwa culture.