One thing is for certain when it comes to Jamaicans - they will find multiple ways to use any product!
As our fellow Jamaican friend Julie Mango outlines, these are some things Jamaicans will use a scented candle for:
1. Bible Reading Companion
It is a common practice for Jamaicans to use candles while reading their bible
2. When light gone:
Translation : when you loose electricity
Jamaicans will forget every candle they have until light gone. A very popular practice in Jamaica as the island often looses power and there are still very rural parishes without consistent electricity.
3. Mek di place smell nice
Translation: make your home smell good
Candles are used worldwide to freshen up the space with fragrance and to help remove the smell of food after cooking.
4. Set the mood
We can't deny candles are romantic and truly set the mood.
5. Trusted companion in times of fear
When it comes to being scared you can find a Jamaican hiding in a corner with a candle to keep safe.
6. Cut & Clear Crosses
Translation: get rid of bad spirits
Like sage, candles are used in Jamaica to ward off evil spirits and obeah
7. Praise & Worship
Nothing says praise & worship like candles! you'll always find candles in a Jamaican church or wherever they gather to worship.
8. As decoration
Jamaicans are well known for saving and storing their best chinas, best clothes, and candles! These are usually their prized possessions and no one is ever allowed to touch or use them.
9. Play with the wax
it is not fully understood or known why Jamaicans usually pour drops of melted candle wax into their hands to test how hot the wax is. May be its for fun, we'll never know!
10. As gifts
We all know candles makes the perfect gift, and you'll find a Jamaican delivering candles or other items when visiting someone's home.