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Christmas traditions, or why do we burn candles on Christmas?

2024-05-02
Christmas traditions, or why do we burn candles on Christmas?

Christmas is a magical time, full of tradition, warmth and memories. One of the most characteristic elements of this period are the fresh smells of the Christmas tree, cinnamon and baked apple pie, which can float in the air thanks to the burning candles. So why do we burn candles during the holidays? The answer lies in the rich history and cultural traditions that are passed down from generation to generation.

Christmas traditions, or why do we burn candles on Christmas?

In Poland, burning candles during Christmas has a long tradition. A Christmas Eve candle, most often decorated with beautiful patterns, is placed on the Christmas Eve table. It is a symbol of hope, waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ and joy. By burning a candle on Christmas Eve, in the Polish tradition, the faithful express their faith and joy in the birth of the Savior.

In Italy, as in Poland, burning candles has a deep religious significance. During Christmas, Italian Catholics burn candles symbolizing the light of Christ, which is supposed to bring blessing and protection to the home.

In the French tradition, burning candles during Christmas is also common. However, in addition to their religious significance, candles are often used to decorate interiors and create a cozy atmosphere during Christmas Eve dinners.

The tradition of burning candles during Christmas in Germany dates back to the Middle Ages. In this country, the Advent candle, composed of four candles symbolizing the four weeks before Christmas, is placed in a special upper room that accompanies families while waiting for the coming of Christ.

In Spain, burning candles at Christmas is also common. Many Spanish families decorate their houses with traditional oil lamps, which, together with the scent of incense, create a unique atmosphere during Christmas Eve dinner.

The tradition of burning candles in Sweden during Christmas is especially popular. Swedish Catholics burn Advent candles, as in Germany, and place candles on their windows to illuminate dark and winter days.

Burning candles during Christmas in Norway has its roots deeply rooted in tradition. Norwegians burn traditional Advent candles and place decorative Christmas candles on their tables, which add charm to their homes.

In the Netherlands, burning candles during Christmas is also popular. The Dutch decorate their homes with Christmas candles, which often have the characteristic scent of cinnamon, orange or cloves.

In England, the tradition of burning candles at Christmas is known as "Advent crowns". Many Anglican families burn special Advent candles that symbolize hope, love, joy and peace.

Burning candles during Christmas has its roots in the Orthodox tradition in Greece. Greek Orthodox Christians burn oil lamps, which symbolize the light of Christ, which brings joy and enlightenment.

Wherever people celebrate Christmas, the tradition of burning candles plays an important role. Not only do they illuminate dark winter days, but they also symbolize hope, faith and joy in the birth of the Savior. Therefore, during Christmas, burning candles has a deep religious and cultural significance that is passed down from generation to generation, creating unforgettable memories and creating a unique atmosphere of the magical holiday season.

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