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Guinea Pig Memorial Ceremony Happens Worldwide March 9

Departed guinea pigs and renowned guinea pig owner Peter Gurney are honored in a candle-lighting ceremony that shines across the globe.

Marylou Zarbock
Posted: March 4, 2014, 6:45 p.m. EST

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Candles ©Damian Gretka/iStockphoto/Thinkstock and guinea pig ©Gina Cioli/I-5 Studio
Will the candle-lighting ceremony grow again this year?

If the world seems a bit brighter the evening of Sunday, March 9, 2014, it might be because of the light from many candles being lit at 8 p.m. local time across all time zones. The candle lighting is to honor Peter Gurney, whose birthday was March 9, and all the beloved pet guinea pigs who have passed. Gurney  wrote several guinea pig books and created a website that many guinea pig owners still visit for information. He lost his battle with cancer in 2006, and that year marked the beginning of the Candle-Light Memorial.

This year is the ninth for the ceremony, and it only seems to grow with time. The Guinea Pigs’ Daily Digest website posts a map after the event to show where candles were lit. In 2013, candles were lit in four continents and 10 countries. GPDD member Audrey Binder sends out reminders for people to light candles and then tallies emails from people who lit a candle on the day. William Farmer, another list member, then creates the map.

To subscribe to the Guinea Pigs’ Daily Digest and participate in the ceremony or just "talk” about guinea pigs with other members, visit the GPDD subscription page.

SmallAnimalChannel interviewed Binder about the origin of the ceremony in 2009. To read that interview, click here>>

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Posted: March 4, 2014, 6:45 p.m. EST

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If you lit a candle for the Memorial, please post a comment, with the location where you lit your candle, and I will be sure to add it to this year's list. Hope we get lots of participation from the readers of Small Animal Channel!
Audrey, Burtonsville, MD
Posted: 3/8/2014 11:35:14 AM
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