Candle Day 2022: History, Significance and Activities

Candle Day is annually celebrated on every first Saturday of December in the United States which means this year it falls on December 3rd! This day is all about celebrating this aromatic candles. 

For those who absolutely love the joy of lighting candles to provide warm, soft light as well as a delightful fragrance to their homes, especially in winter time, Candle Day is a beautiful way to usher in the cooler season.

This day was created by Bath & Body Works which gives you an opportunity to stock up on your favorite calming scents for the lowest prices of the year. The day only comes around once annually, so make sure it’s on your calendar! 

Event Candle Day
Date December 3, 2022
Day Saturday
Significance The day is all about celebrating this aromatic candles.
Observed by United States


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Candle Day History: 

Prior to the candle, people used oil lamps in which a lit wick rested in a container of liquid oil. Romans began making true dipped candles from tallow, beginning around 500 BC. European candles of antiquity were made from various forms of natural fat, tallow, and wax. In Ancient Rome, candles were made of tallow due to the prohibitive cost of beeswax. They may have also existed in Ancient Greece, but imprecise terminology makes it difficult to determine. The earliest surviving candles originated in Han China around 200 BC. These early Chinese candles were made from whale fat. 

During the Middle Ages, tallow candles were most commonly used. By the 13th century, candle making had become a guild craft in England and France. In the Middle East, during the Abbasid and Fatimid Caliphates, beeswax was the dominant material used for candle making. Beeswax was often imported from long distances; for example, candle makers from Egypt used beeswax from Tunis. In early modern Syria, candles were in high demand by all socioeconomic classes because they were customarily lit during marriage ceremonies. There were candle makers’ guilds in the Safavid capital of Isfahan during the 1500s and 1600s. 

The manufacturing of candles became an industrialized mass market in the mid 19th century. In 1834, Joseph Morgan, a pewterer from Manchester, England, patented a machine that revolutionised candle making. This allowed candles to be an affordable commodity for the masses. Despite advances in candle making, the candle industry declined rapidly upon the introduction of superior methods of lighting, including kerosene and lamps and the 1879 invention of the incandescent light bulb. From this point on, candles came to be marketed as more of a decorative item. 

Candle Day was founded by the American retail company called Bath & Body Works. Originally owned by the Limited Brands it was founded in 1990 at Albany, Ohio. Limited Brands also owns brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch, the first store in the Bath & Body Works chain was opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1990. Selling products for the body, as the name implies, the company grew rapidly and now runs more than 2000 stores all over the world, 1600 of which are in the United States. 


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Candle Day Significance: 

Candles have been used for centuries in homes all over the world. Of course before electricity they were necessary to light homes in the evenings and on cold winters nights! However in recent times the popularity of using candles to decorate ones home has hugely increased, and now they are a staple household item used for a range of practical purposes, and more often, simply for pleasure. Because of these reasons there is still a large market for candles, so the tradition is still alive and this day further promotes and encourages people to keep it alive. 

There are many advantages of using candles as well. The flickering of candlelight produces a lovely ambience that simply cannot be replicated. Adding a candle here and there will create softness in your room, which will instantly make it feel warm and welcoming. Another reason is the fragrance! There are a huge number of scented candles available for purchase, wonderful mixes of essential oils work really well and can be used in any room of the house to give a wonderful, but not too overpowering scent that will immediately make you feel delighted to be home. 

Candles are well known for their soothing and healing properties and are often used by therapists such as massage therapists to create a wonderfully peaceful ambience in their therapy rooms. The sheer act of lighting a candle, its lovely flicker, and the gentle glow it creates all help to ease and soothe the mind. And that’s why they are popularly referred in terms of mood lightning especially if we are talking about romantic scenarios. So for whatever reason you might use it, it always gives you a pleasant experience of feelings. 

Candles adds great finishing touches to any room of the house. You can choose from soft subtle colours to add a feminine touch or go for bold bright colours to really make an impact. Candles are so versatile and look great in any room of the house. Put them in the bathroom for a spa-like feel, the living room to make it cosy and calm, the kitchen to set up for a romantic candlelit dinner, and you can even use candles in your garden to give it a magical, fairytale feel. Candles are both stylish, relaxing and make a fantastic addition to any room of your home. They also make great gifts too. 


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Candle Day Activities: 

Candles can bring so much comfort and warmth to a room, especially if they also envelop the room with a cozy and delicious scent. Fragrances such as Champagne Toast, Cinnamon Apple, or Strawberry Pound Cake are a lovely way to enjoy the day. So try to light different flavors of candles for having a overwhelmingly pleasant experience. 

What a great time to delight and surprise someone with a little present in honor of Candle Day! Find out which scents are a friend’s favorite and get them a large winter-themed pillar candle in honor of the season. So use this opportunity as a way to share these lovely and aromatic candles with your loved ones as well to make it a pleasant experience for them also. 

This is a day of sales for these lovely candles so it is time for you to head to the local Bath & Body Works to get access to their Candle Day sales and discounts, or look them up online and have the products delivered directly. This annual event typically provides customers with the opportunity to get the brand’s most famous 3-wick candles at a deeply discounted price. Some other retailers also offers discounts on the occasion.  

Most Searched FAQs on Candle Day: 

1. When is Candle Day celebrated? 

Candle Day is annually celebrated on every first Saturday of December in US. 

2. Who created Candle Day? 

Candle Day was created by American retail company called Bath & Body Works. 

3. What time does Bath & Body Works open on Candle Day? 

Many locations offer extended hours during Candle Day, with most stores opening around 7 am and others opening even earlier.

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