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By Betty Vanderwielen

Regional candle festivals

Part II


December 26, 2019

Rauhes Haus, Hamburg, Germany - Wikimedia Commons

Advent wreath, aka Adventskranz in its original design 1839, designed by Johann Hinrich Wichern.

Part I, "Candles and Festivals of Light," recounted Christian, Jewish, Hindu and African-American winter festivals formulated around the theme of light conquering darkness. Those celebrations transcend national boundaries. Part II will look at celebrations involving light and candles but carried out on a smaller, more national or regional scale.

One candle ceremony performed in churches, but also by many Christians in their homes, is the lighting of the Advent Wreath. Though the symbolism of Christ as the Light of the World driving out darkness is a part of the underlying analogy, the prima...

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