Candle: [kan-dl] (noun)
1. a long, usually slender piece of tallow or wax with an embedded wick which is burned to give light.
2. something resembling a candle in appearance or use.
Well, these are two of the definitions for a candle according to dictionary.com. As can be inferred from these two statements, the basic purpose of a candle is to give light. The flame from a candle is very small but its presence removes the darkness. In the modern world with the arrival of electricity, the use of candle as a source of light has decreased. Maybe its no longer relevant for most people. But its still there.The humble candle has made a big journey from a source of light to become a symbol of hope.
A candle burns itself out to provide light to others. The candlelight has become a symbol of hope fighting to give light when there is darkness all around. It is now being used as a symbol of protest, as a symbol of solidarity for a cause. When you light a candle it is a gesture, a gesture of defiance. A single candle cannot fight the darkness alone. But when many are lit together, the darkness is removed.
A single person like a single candle can show us the path. But like many candles burning together, we can and we will make a difference.