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What is celebrated on World Candle Day, the 1st of March?

Colourful cake candles, a red and green intertwined and an orange bent upwards

Candle safety is everyone’s safety

Perhaps like me you’re familiar with, but equally perplexed by, the old saying “if you light a cigarette with a candle, a sailor dies”. Rather dire in my opinion, and I’m not just referring to the smoking of ciggies. Nevertheless, beyond being a superstitious adage, there is merit in it’s promotion of safe candle use.

In its nascent, World Candle Day was started in 2020 by Latin American Candle Manufacturers Association (ALAFAVE) and the European Candle Manufacturers Association (ECMA) to promote safe candle use and encourage people to read the manufacturer’s instructions. Candles bring a beautiful, warm glow to any occasion but ensuring they’re used safely could be the difference between a divine fest or a hot mess. 

Do’s of using candles safely

According to World Candle Day and its partners, the imperatives of safe candle burning include:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Keep flammable items away from burning flames – curtains, confetti, ballgowns, pesky paper napkins etc.
  • Keep burning candles away from pets and kids
  • Extinguish a candle that gives off soot – dark powdery debris that’s a bit like cigarette ash – a smoking candle in this sense, is not safe, extinguish and discard
  • Only use outdoor candles outdoors, not indoors
  • Use an appropriate number of candles for the size of the room – in this case less is always more
  • If you’re sensitive to any fragrances, check the label of scented candles before buying or burning.

6 candles we love

Why not celebrate World Candle Day with one of these candles. Scented, not scented, natural ingredients, cool design – we’ve got you covered:

GOOD Candles

Lime green box with illustration of beret wearing lady and reading books written below, next to black glass candle with the same illustration on the container
Reading Books

Adrienne Kammerer

Orange and blue candle placed next to a pond with water lilies and rushes

Golden Hours

Golden Hours frosted glass candle with wooden lid placed on its side next to two business cards
1-wick Natural Wax Candle

We Make Good

Open egg box with four egg shaped candles next to closed egg box
Egg-shaped Candles

Hemlock Park

Three candles in brown glass containers
Desert Apothecary Candle trio

Coudre Berlin

Happy Birthday Matches and Four Candles

Whichever way you enjoy lighting up, celebrate World Candle Day every day of the year and please always keep safety in mind.