Candlemas is an ancient festival that marks the midpoint between the shortest day (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara).
In pre-Christian times this day was known as the "feast of lights" and celebrated the increase of the life giving sun as Winter gave way to Spring.
Candelmas in the Christian churn represents the fortieth day after the birth of Christ, it was the day on which, the purification of the mother and the presentation of the son should occur.
Fact: In France and Belgium, Candlemas is celebrated with crepes.Tradition attributes this custom to Pope Gelasius I, who had pancakes distributed to pilgrims arriving in Rome, Their round shape and golden color, reminiscent of the solar disc, refer to the return of Spring after the dark and cold of Winter.
It is said that if the weather on Candelmas bright and sunny then there is more wintery weather to come. Whereas if Candelmas is a wet and stormy day then it is thought that the worst of Winter is over.
- If you had left Christmas decorations up after Twelfth Night, you should leave them up until Candlemas and then take them down
- You should not bring snowdrops into the home until after Candlemas
- Sailors are often reluctant to set sail on Candlemas Day, believing that any voyage begun then will end in disaster — and let's face it, given the frequency of severe storms in February, this is not entirely without sense.
Candles & Candlemas
This evening light your candle and to celebrate the half way point between the shortest day and the Spring Equinox. Give thanks for the return of Spring.
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