September 10, 2010, Newsletter Issue #374: Christmas in Australia: Carols by Candlelight

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Every year, thousands of Australians gather in parks and town halls to sing Christmas carols by the light of candles. The tradition is an essential part of Christmas celebrations and is beautiful to see.

It is generally agreed that "Carols by Candlelight" was started in Melbourne, Australia by radio announcer Norman Banks in 1937, after he saw a woman listening to carols alone by candlelight. Banks decided to do something to relieve the loneliness and isolation some feel during the Christmas period. He announced community carol singing for anyone who wanted to join in.

The concept has grown in popularity over the years, and these days a major event is held in each major city's public music house, such as Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Celebrities and renowned singers lead the singing at these events. The recorded programs of these events are broadcast the world over.

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