People light candles for many reasons. Lighted candles have relaxing effect. At times, they are used for meditation, or used in spa to relax tired bodies. Others introduce a gentle aroma to lighted candles to scatter pleasant smell to a room.
Major religions all over the world also light candles to signify something sacred. In Christianity, it signifies the presence of Christ. Altars and adoration chapels always bear lighted candles, either real candles or electricity generated candles.
Candles are also used to signify special prayers and intentions. In Baclaran Church in the Philippines, millions of candles are lit everyday, especially on Wednesdays to offer intentions and prayers.
In Baclayon Church, built in 1596 to officially establish Catholic faith in the island of Bohol, I was surprised to see a different twist in their candle offering. The candles are color coded depending on your intention. Heavens must be too busy sorting millions of intentions. So to make things efficient, man pre-sorted candle intentions based on color.
Somebody told me that this practice is also done in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. I haven’t witnessed the new segregation scheme though.
Here are the color classification:
White: For purity, holiness and virtue
Red: For life, passion, courage
Blue: for peace, inspiration, devotion
Yellow: For good spirit, studying, concentration
Violet: For material wealth
Green: For money, marriage, employment
Pink: for health, love, affection and romance
Orange: For brightness, business deals
Take your pick.