It is customary to light candles before Shabbat and holidays as a way of welcoming the holy day.
Traditionally, one lights candles 18 minutes before sunset in order to guarantee that we do not accidentally kindle a flame on Shabbat.
NOTE: For non-U.S. locations, you can check candle lighting times on the Hebcal.com website.
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