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>> Candle Night Summer Solstice 2009--Report on June 21
>> Event report: Dim It 2009--Hong Kong
>> Enjoy the Starlight--The International Year of Astronomy 2009
>> Event: 'Dim It' in Hong Kong-- Lights-out Event on June 21 (Updated)
>> Many People Enjoyed Candle Night--Candle Night Saskatchewan, Canada
>> Brief Report on Candle Night December 2008
>> Candle Night in Slovenia--Event Report in December 2009
>> Candle Night in Zenryouji Temple--'Go home make a wish'
>> Recreating Ancient Night of 'Heian' Dynasty--Lights-down at Kyoto Gyoen Forests
>> Event Report: Dim It--Hong Kong
>> Event Report: Lights Out Day in China
>> Event Report: Lights Out Day--Taiwan
>> Event Report: Candle Night Korea
>> Over 65,000 Facilities to Join--MOE's Lights Down Campaign
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>> Brief Report of Candle Night Winter Solstice 2007
>> Artist's Performances--Candle Night in Governador Valadares, Brazil
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>> A Family's Wishes on Candle Night--The Story of Ivory
>> Effects of MOE's "Lights Down" Campaign June 2007
>> Candle Night in Taipei 2007
>> Candle Night Summer Solstice 2007 in Tokyo
>> MOE's 'Lights Down Campaign'--Black Illumination 2007
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>> "Five-minute Action" took place in Europe, Feb 1, 2007
>> Reports from Overseas--December 2006
>> Candle Night Winter Solstice 2006--Kobe, Japan
>> Preparation also Underway in Candlelight--South Korea Winter 2006
>> A Brief Report of Candle Night Summer Solstice 2006
>> MOE's Black Illumination 2006
>> National Candle Night in Mauritius 2006
>> Milk Carton Lanterns Lighting up Kumamoto
>> Beeswax candle workshop and volunteer meeting at JFS
>> Candle Night Winter Solstice 2006--Rikkyo University
>> A Living Organism--Candle Night in Sapporo 2005
>> Candle Night in Shanghai 2005
>> Greetings to Candle Nighters on the other side of the world.
>> Candle Night in South Korea 2005
>> Candle Night at Harajuku Cat Street
>> 'Candle Night'-Summer Solstice 2004 in Japan

National Candle Night in Mauritius 2006

The following are excerpts from the message sent by Mr. G. Raj Chitaram, who is inspired by the idea of Candle Night in Japan, and has been working hard to hold the first national Candle Night in Mauritius. Please visit their website:

During my visit in Japan (Ship for World Youth Program), I was particularly impressed by one of my JPY colleagues who was talking about Candle-Night activities in her prefecture. I was very fascinated by the idea, especially as I am myself an ardent environmentalist and involved in many civil society enterprises, NGOs etc. Thus, germinated the idea to organize Candle-Night in Mauritius.

I started talking about Candle-Night to my friends and everyone laughed at me as it made no sense to them but this further inspired me to go ahead with the project. I then took contact with the Japanese Candle Night Committee (JCNC) that supported me in my endeavour to organize Candle-Night in Mauritius. Being the Secretary General of a reputed Mauritian NGO, Association Civique Midlands, and the Chairman of the Global One Foundation hugely played to my advantage to take a major decision to take up the challenge of such an initiative.

An Organizing Committee was constituted and slowly we have been spreading the virtues of Candle Night across the island. In Japan and other countries (Northern Hemisphere), Candle-Night is organized during the Summer and Winter Solstices. The World Environment Day is celebrated annually on the 05th of June and this led our Organizing Committee to associate NCNM with Environment Day celebrations. It was decided to earmark the 1st Friday of the month of June to celebrate Candle-Night in Mauritius, hopefully on an annual basis.

The"'Official Press Presentation" of NCNM was held on Wednesday 05th April 2006 @ "Le Cafe du Vieux Conseil", Port-Louis; many important personalities were present in that occasion.

The NCNM logo was designed by Mr. Victor Chui Hom Lap.

The logo symbolizes the Mauritian community holding hands, united around a warm candle light in the dark and enjoying the event. The colours of each figure represent our national flag and the overall flower shape of the logo is a symbol of harmony. In a nutshell, the logo symbolises the essence of "National Candle-Night Mauritius". . .

I also invite you all to visit our website

[Photo: courtesy of National Candle-Night Mauritius]

May 8, 2006