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You may wonder the meaning behind lighting a candle. Lighting a candle symbolizes bringing light to our wishes or desires. A candle can be lit as a prayer for peace or a request for healing. Lighted candles are reflections of our emotional self and help to illuminate our hearts when we feel burdened. In Buddhism, candles are often placed in front of statues of the Buddha along with food or drink as a sign of respect. Symbolically they represent the light of the Buddha's teaching and the enlightenment they added to the world.