Friday, July 15, 2005

LIGHT OF LIFE


I wonder why candles are blown out when people celebrate birthdays. The only reason I can think of, is, to maybe signify that a certain number of years have been completed in a person's life (?)

Switching channels, I saw a scene from the movie Unnai Charanadaindhaen. The birthday girl is about to blow the candles out, when a guy in the party makes an interesting suggestion - why not light an oil lamp instead? Now that set me thinking!

Isn't giving birth to a new flame of light more appropriate than extinguishing existing ones? After all, a new flicker of light does denote hope, and as it burns brighter, the lamp symbolises the person's bright future. What can be a more positive thought on a day everyone's happy for the chosen one! A lamp's flame will die, too. But that will be as natural as death.

Sometimes, you get the nicest ideas from sources you least expect!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

neenga vinesha ellai maddiya?

Grey Vampire said...

There is another thing to think about....Why does one clap...To approve achievement...Is living one more year an acievement????

Think THINK THINK

KARY said...

Candles, Claps were all imported from the west. I sometimes think why celebrate birthday. For every birthday a person's age is increasing and the life count is decreasing :( I dont celebrate 'coz I have grown up by one more year. I do it just keeping in mind that lovely day I was got into this lovely world. Its just "my VIEW" no feelings.

Einsteinophile said...

I feel...blowing candles...its for fun.Prob to vent out ur anger on ur b'day...one way is to blow em!! :)

Vinesh said...

Thanks for your thoughts, friends :-)

What do you think about the lamp lighting idea? :-)

Adaengappa !! said...

What do you think about the lamp lighting idea? :-)

I know Its not yours lol :)

Vinesh said...

@Adengappa: I don't intend to take credit for it..Haha

vasanthi said...

Hey good one

maha said...

i agree with ur views, but i still like cake cutting, candle blowing.... life is not full of happiness and colour always and occasions like birthdays give u an opportunity and reason to celebrate...

Pallavi said...

I thought it was because you were wishing for something when you blew the candles out !!!
yeah that idea of a lamp sounds nice..

S J said...

hello

the blowing of candle is western style and it is inauspicious acording to hindus view, as u told lighting a lamp and going to temple was what we did always now this syndrome of blowing light and many other things we are learning from west and following it with out even thinking

Anonymous said...

That's a great story. Waiting for more. » » »

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