History of Candle Burning in the Mexican Culture


Candles have been used for light and to illuminate man’s celebration for more than 5,000 years now. It is believed that the first candles were developed by ancient Egyptians, who used torches made melted animal fat and the pithy core of reeds. The inner core of the reeds was soaked in melted animal fat.

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However, these ancient torches did not have wicks like a typical candle. Researchers and historians have discovered that other civilizations created wicked candles using waxes obtained from insects and plants.
Before looking at the history of candle burning in the Mexican culture, we need to first understand and appreciate the representation of light and how candles were used in religious practice. According to Judaism, a long-lasting light was kept burning at the altar in the temple or synagogue to light other candles in the evening and to also show the presence of God.

According to the Roman pagan culture, candles were used for religious practice. Candles were lit during religious functions and also during military processions. This was symbolic in nature as it demonstrated divine presence and favor of the gods. It is also important to point out that candles were also lit as a show of respect to the emperor.

Christians in the ancient Mexico adopted burned candles for mass, liturgical march, funeral processions, and prayer ceremonies and also to show respect to the Blessed Sacrament. There is also evidence that candles were burned at the tombs of the saints and martyrs during the early 200s.

Today in the catholic tradition which is a predominant religion in Mexico, light signifies Christ or His presence. This is according to the Holy Scriptures where Jesus stated that he is the light of the world. Therefore, in respect to this, Christians, especially Catholics, burn candles in churches to symbolize the presence of Jesus in the church and a way of respecting the scriptures.

During funeral processions, Sacrament of Baptism, taking of Holy Communion, during prayers and other significant occasions, candles are burned as a symbol of faith, grace, and wisdom, the dedication of prayer, the divine of life and the sacred presence of Christ.

In summary, the Mexican culture respects the burning of candles as it is a sign of divine power, presence of Christ and divine life. Although other types of candles are being burned today in different places in Mexico during different functions or celebrations, the white candle is respected and burned only for religious symbolic meanings and value.

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