Festival of Candles

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Almost Daily Diversions | 1 comment

Festival of CandlesCandles have a long history with human beings.  For centuries people have used candles to light up the darkness around them.  These days we are just as likely to use them for setting a mood with light or scent.  They come in all shapes and sizes, in all manner of substance.  You might even have a candle that is now run on a battery rather than a flame.  We use them for celebrations of life, such as weddings and birthdays, and times of sorrow, such as funerals, and everything in between.  They evoke emotions at candlelight vigils, on an advent wreath, or decorating the top of a special cake.  We Zazlandians believe that candles are a symbol.  We’re in the light up the darkness camp.  Life can be dark and tough.  We believe we can all be each other’s candles – lighting up the darkness for one another.  So November 7th and 8th are set aside to do just that.  We hope you’ll participate this year by finding ways to light up someone else’s life.  It’s not a hard thing to do.  Even making eye contact with a stranger and saying “hello” can change someone’s bleak day.

We would LOVE to hear any stories of being candles to others.  This isn’t bragging or tooting your own horn.  It’s giving someone else an idea of what they might be able to do.  I have a sick child at home today (hence the lateness of this post), but when I told her that I had a lot of ideas of how I could make her feel better, she gave me a weak smile.  *flicker, flicker*


Also, to celebrate, we’d like to offer you an incentive for spreading the word about our festival.  If you post a photo of a candle somewhere (Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, etc.) and post a link either here or on our Facebook page, you’ll automatically be entered to win a $15 iTunes card.  We’d love to see some #Zazlandia or #FestivalofCandles hashtags, too.  We’ll draw the winner at random on Saturday, November 9th.  Oh, and if you are directly related to Zaz, you can’t win (you know who you are).  We would LOVE it if you would share our festival with others!

So happy Festival of Candles to you all!  Get out there and light things up!


One Comment

  1. A friend of mine once made the comment that it takes no extra effort on your part to brighten someone’s day with a simple compliment. Many times over the years I think about those words and act on them, because doing/saying something nice can change your day too. It can be as simple as telling someone they look nice that day, bringing in your neighbor’s garbage cans on trash day or buying a coffee for the person behind you in the coffee line. Just like every small drop of water can fill a bucket, every small act of kindness can change things for the better.

    Happy birthday to you Zaz! I posted a candle just for you on your FB page:

    Big hugs,

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