Flushing Prepares for the Walk of Candles
March 5, 2017
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Flushing, Michigan has traditions similar to other small towns across the U.S, homecoming games, fall festivals, parades, and a wide array of other local activities that please the masses. But there is a practice that Flushing has been doing for years, a deep dark tradition, one that may shock you and make you completely reconsider your views on those “typical small American towns and villages” that we have grown to love. Every December, Flushing has their residents engage in painful and excruciating acts of humiliation, the Walk of Candles. A quick note if I may, I have never been to a “Walk of Candles” but this is a collection of information that I have gathered from other people and the internet, so it must be true.
The Walk of Candles is no ordinary walk. It is a strut where the citizens of Flushing must walk barefoot across rows of hot melting candles in freezing temperatures and with the only the snow(if any) to cool off their injured feet. Never in my 17 years have I been so astounded by an act so devious and disturbing, it made me fear all types of candles permanently. I cannot walk by the candle shop in the mall, burn incense in my house, nor participate in Hanukkah anymore. It has scarred me to an unhealthy point in my life and I’m unsure if I will ever recover. The image of poor innocent civilians walking across scorching wax cylinders of destruction brings a multitude of tears to my eyes whenever I think about it. It really confuses me as to why people would participate in these activities, as if they were fun and enjoyable events downtown that involve fun holiday themed decorations and candles lining the streets instead of the horrible unbearable trials that they truly are.
My fellow Americans, if your town tries to tell you that they are having a “candle walk” take caution, for it is not a candle walk, but a true test of human strength and will. And although I have never witnessed the madness myself, the name says it all. Candle Walk. This is a forewarning to all who may be curious as what goes on there, don’t do it. The possibility of finding the exact order of events is not worth the mental scarring you will receive. So please, lock your doors, lock your windows, and make sure you don’t accidentally leave any candles on the floor.