Friday, January 21, 2011

Candlemas Day February 2nd

Candlemas Day
February 2nd  is Candlemas Day. 

This ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox.

In pre-Christian times, this day was known as the 'Feast of Lights' and celebrated the increase strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way to spring.

How did the 2nd February come to be called Candlemas?

It was the day of the year when all the candles, that were used in the church during the coming year, were brought into church and a blessing was said over them - so it was the Festival Day (or 'mass') of the Candles.

Candles were important in those days not only because there was no electric lights. Some people thought they gave protection against plague and illness and famine.

Candlemas Day Weather-lore, beliefs and sayings
People believe that Candlemas Day predicted the weather for the rest of the winter. The weather proverbs express the idea that a fine bright sunny Candlemas day means that there is more winter to come, whereas a cloudy wet stormy Candlemas day means that the worst of winter is over.

Weather Proverbs
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won't come again.
If Candlemas Day be dry and fair,
The half o the winter's to come and mair;
If Candlemas Day be wet and foul,
The half o the winter's gane at Yule.
Farmer's Proverbs
'A farmer should, on Candlemas Day,
Have half his corn and half his hay.'
'On Candlemas Day if the thorns hang adrop,
You can be sure of a good pea crop.'
German Proverb.
" The badger peeps out of his hole on Candlemas Day,
and, if he finds snow, walks abroad; but if he sees the sun shining he draws back into his hole."
In America the same story is told about the groundhog or woodchuck.


Candlemas Superstitions
A candle which drips on one side when carried in church on Candlemas, denotes a death during the year of someone dear.
Snowdrops are considered to be unlucky if brought into the house before Candlemas Day, representing a parting or death.
Any Christmas decorations not taken down by Twelfth Night (January 5th) should be left up until Candlemas Day and then taken down.


  1. I Love your site! I was considering the waldorf method, but was not sure if it was a fit for us. Do you follow the "curriculum" to the letter?

  2. We always were eclectic homeschoolers , we incorporated finally a pagan unschooling waldorf style , you could say...

  3. I just wanted to tell you more times than not when I "Google" something I am looking for your blog pops up first. Thank you so much for being a wonderful resource. We are celebrating Candlemas tomorrow in our playgarden as we will not see each other again before the 2nd, and I wanted some verses for our circle time, thank you for sharing yours!


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