Holodomor90 Unveils “Sunflower Holodomor” Candle to Benefit Ukraine 

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Door County Candle Company Offers Limited Edition 90th Anniversary Candle to the #ShineALight Anti-Genocide Advocacy Initiative 

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 2, 2023) — Following the success of its “Ukraine Candle” which raised more than USD 1 million for Ukraine, the Door County Candle Co., today unveiled a limited-edition “Sunflower Holodomor” candle to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor. This unique collaboration with the Holodomor90 anti-genocide campaign aims to raise awareness and recognition for the victims of a man-made genocide that took place in Ukraine from 1932 to 1933, at the direction of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.  

It has become a tradition for Ukrainians to light a candle on “Holodomor Awareness Day,” the fourth Saturday in November, to commemorate the millions of lives lost. For the 90th anniversary of the genocide, throughout November of 2023, the Holodomor90 campaign has brought together a global network of grassroots partners who are organizing a series of events including candlelight vigils around the world. Advocates will be posting videos of their candle-lighting ceremonies and other Ukrainian cultural events online with the hashtags #ShineALight and #IBelieveInUkrainesFuture. 

“We chose the color ‘sunflower’ yellow because the sunflower is a beloved symbol of Ukrainian national identity,” said Christiana Trapani, who is Ukrainian-American and owner of Door County Candle Company based in Wisconsin. “We wanted this candle to reflect the history of the Holodomor, which was an effort to exterminate Ukrainians, in light of what is happening in the world today.” 

The Sunflower Holodomor candle, now available on the Door County Candle Co. website at, comes in a 16 oz jar and features a sunflower yellow wax with a vanilla scent. The candle stands as a symbol of remembrance and solidarity with those who suffered during this tragic event, and 100% of the profits from the candle will be donated to Razom for Ukraine, another partner of Holodomor90 that is focused on support of Ukraine, its people and culture. 

“The 90th anniversary of the Holodomor is a moment when the world can come together to recognize and remember the genocide that was hidden for so long,” said Melinda Haring, senior advisor, with Razom for Ukraine. “You don’t have to be Ukrainian to buy this candle or take part in Holodomor memorial events. You just have to believe that genocide is something we can and should prevent, now and in the future.” 

To purchase the Sunflower Holodomor candle and support the Holodomor90 Campaign, visit at today. Help us commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor and raise awareness about this tragic event. 

About the Holodomor:   

The Holodomor, which translated from Ukrainian means “death by starvation,” was a man-made famine-genocide that occurred in Ukraine between 1932 and 1933. Millions of Ukrainians perished because of deliberate policies and actions implemented by the regime led by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. The Holodomor stands as a stark reminder of the consequences of totalitarianism, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging and learning from historical atrocities. 

About Holodomor90 Awareness: 

The Holodomor90 anti-genocide campaign unites the greater Ukrainian community and organizations from across the world for the genocide’s 90th Holodomor Memorial Day. Leading groups include the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the U.S. Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor-Genocide Awareness (the U.S. Holodomor Committee), Razom for Ukraine, Klych, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), and Door County Candle Company. The Ukrainian Catholic Churches and the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches have also pledged support along with an array of other organizations and individuals. One mission of the grassroots efforts is to raise awareness and call for official recognition of the man-made famine as genocide. The campaign will culminate with the Ukrainian tradition of lighting memorial candles in homes, churches, and public squares on Holodomor Memorial Day, Saturday, November 25, 2023. 

About Door County Candle Co.:  

Door County Candle Company is in Door County, Wisconsin. In 2021, Christiana took over as owner of the candle company. With a heart dedicated to philanthropy and giving back, Christiana’s philanthropic journey began with a single candle: the Ukraine Candle. Inspired by her experiences and a desire to make a difference, she embarked on a mission to create change through candles. Now, with Candles Creating Change, every scented wax product from Door County Candle Company carries the torch of philanthropy, spreading warmth, hope, and making a positive impact. 

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