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Why Pink?

Why the pink and purple candles on the Advent wreath?

Click on the title link to learn more than you probably want to about the symbolism and history of the Advent wreath.

The short answer is that the pink (actually, "rose") candle stands for joy and hope.

The purple (actually "violet") candles stand for penitence and royalty. Apparently, some churches use blue for these candles to symbolize hope.

Or, you can see another take on purple, and pink.

Now, when I get a chance, I'll try to explain why String theory is not an attempt to include gravity in Einstein's work. (And yes, that came up in conversation this weekend too...)