The chief god of the Druids of ancient Britain was Baal, who made himself manifest to them as the sun. The Druids built fires at the various celebrations held in honor of Baal and kept these fires brightly burning. For years after the ceremonies of the Druids had become but a memory, the people still built bonfires upon Halloween. Then it became the custom to collect candles and burn them while prayers were said for the dead. Today, candles, the relics of the sacred fires of the Druids, play an important part in the ceremonies of Halloween.