What Color Candle Do You Light When Someone Dies

Lighting a candle can be a way to remember and honor those who have passed away. The color of the candle used in this context may vary depending on cultural and religious beliefs:

  1. In Christian traditions, often, white candles are used to symbolize the deceased’s spirit's purity and the hope for eternal life.
  2. In Jewish tradition, mourners light a seven-day candle known as "shiva." It can be any color, but typically it is white.
  3. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, red candles are commonly used to remember the recently departed.
  4. In Chinese traditions, candles are often used to remember those who have passed away during the Qingming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day and may be white, yellow, or red.

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Jamie Larson