Candles are used extensively for ritual and ceremonial purposes in many spiritual traditions around the world. Candles provide mood lighting and set the stage for many important rituals.
A candle procession is a ceremonial act by a group that serves to raise focus and engagement of the group. The beauty and drama of the procession provides a subtle raising of energy. Depending on the occasion, the procession may symbolize something specific, such as the return of Light or treading the path of the enlightened.
The ritual lighting of candles often marks the start of a ceremony and its snuffing marks the end. For example: The Catholic church and some of its offshoots employ acolytes or altar boys to light the candles before the start of service and snuff them again at the end. Many spells and Pagan rituals involve lighting a candle to begin the work, and snuffing it at the end.