Candlelight vigil

A candlelight vigil or candlelit vigil is an outdoor assembly of people carrying candles, held after sunset in order to show support for a specific cause.[1] Such events are typically held either to protest the suffering of some marginalized group of people, or in memory of the dead. In the latter case, the event is often called a candlelight memorial. A large candlelight vigil will usually have invited speakers with a public address system and may be covered by local or national media. Speakers give their speech at the beginning of the vigil to explain why they are holding a vigil and what it represents.[2] Vigils may also have a religious or spiritual purpose. On Christmas Eve many churches hold a candlelight vigil.

Vigial candle
Vigil candle

Candlelight vigils are seen as a nonviolent way to raise awareness of a cause and to motivate change, as well as uniting and supporting those attending the vigil.[1]

Candlelight vigils in South KoreaEdit

Candlelight vigil held in Masan in 2017 calling for the resignation of President Park Geun-hye

In South Korea, the Candlelight vigils.,[3] or Candlelight protests[4] is a symbolic collective gathering of political dissent in South Korea to combat injustice peacefully.[5] This method of protesting began in 2002 as a result of the Yangju highway incident,[6] was utilized in the rallies against the impeachment of Roh Moo-hyun in 2004, re-used again in the 2008 U.S. beef protests, and emerged in the 2016-18 President Park Geun-hye protests.[7]


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  1. ^ a b "love to know: Organise a candlelight vigil". Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Do Something: how to organise a vigil". Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ Cho, Elliot (13 December 2016). "South Korea's 'Candlelight Revolution' Matters". Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ Kim, Yong-cheol; Kim, June-woo (2009). "South Korean Democracy in the Digital Age: The Candlelight Protests and the Internet". 40 (1): 53–85. ProQuest 209355027. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Premack, Rachel (2 December 2016). "Koreans Have Mastered the Art of the Protest". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ Shinn, Henry (4 April 2010). "Deja vu? Candlelight vigils in 2002 and present". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  7. ^ "South Korea: thousands of protesters call for president to resign". The Guardian. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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