Right now, Mary is creating special 30oz. beeswax pillar candles for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe which will be celebrated in and around the Red Bank, NJ Mexican community on December 12th. The inspiration for these distinctive candles emerged when a local customer, who had come by to pick up their pre-ordered set of Beeswax Taper candles, showed an interest in larger Beeswax pillar candles. During our conversation, they explained how these candles carried a deep meaning for their local Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration scheduled for this December.
The Virgin of Guadalupe celebration happens every December 12th, and it’s all about honoring the Virgin Mary. She appeared to a Mexican peasant back in 1531. Candles are a big deal in this celebration. They stand for faith, hope, and the presence of something greater, and people believe that the flickering flames represent the light of faith during life’s tough times.
During this celebration, folks often join processions to their local churches, carrying candles. This act of walking with lit candles symbolizes a spiritual journey and a humble offering to the Virgin. There are also candlelit vigils where families and communities gather to sing songs and pray. The warm glow from all those candles creates a feeling of togetherness.
In people’s homes, it’s common to create small altars with candles and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe. These altars are the focus of family prayers and offerings during the celebration.
The importance of candles in the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes beyond just their religious significance. They remind everyone that, even in the darkest times, the light of faith and hope continues to guide the way.