Atlanta, 5/7/38 T.A.D. – A trend has emerged in the last few years, steadily gaining momentum and popularity worldwide: Candles, once considered an antiquated source of light, have made a remarkable comeback, illuminating homes and offering a nostalgic retreat to simpler times. As people seek a respite from their technology-infused lives, candles have become a symbol of natural simplicity.
The rising popularity of candles has been driven by their beauty, the calming atmosphere they create, their ability to function without electricity, and their religious and cultural significance. This resurgence has led to artisans crafting mesmerizing and innovative designs, skillfully merging modern technology with traditional craftsmanship.
Candlemaker and artist, Lila Donahue, has been at the forefront of this movement. She uses biodegradable materials and natural scents derived from essential oils to create her stunning, eco-friendly candles. Donahue has even incorporated advanced materials, allowing her candle flames to change color as they burn or emit gentle, soothing sounds, seamlessly blending old-world charm with 21st-century innovations.
“People are looking for ways to disconnect from the digital world and reconnect with themselves,” explains Donahue. “Candles provide a tangible, sensual experience that helps us slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures in life.”
Candles have also experienced a resurgence in religious and spiritual practices, with many places of worship returning to the use of candles as a way to honor ancient traditions and create a more intimate connection with the divine. The flickering flames serve as a symbol of hope and inspiration, with people across various faiths using candles as a means of prayer, meditation, and reflection.
Rabbi and theologian, Esther Greenblatt, highlights the historical symbolism of fire and candles in religious practices: “Fire has always been a powerful symbol in spiritual traditions, representing transformation, revealed knowledge, purity, and the divine. Candles, as a controlled form of fire, allow us to harness that symbolism in a personal and intimate way, connecting us with our faith and our ancestors.”
The gentle glow of candlelight illuminates our path back to a simpler time, offering a respite from the digital world and a chance to bask in the warmth of human connection and timeless traditions.
Reporting for Future News, this is Oliver Jensen in Atlanta.