Candlemas Day


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Synonyms for Candlemas Day

feast day commemorating the presentation of Christ in the temple

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Farmers have a saying, "If the sun shines on Candlemas Day, the worst of the winter is still on the way.
Here the tradition is that if Candlemas Day is sunny, winter will last another six weeks.
Every year on Candlemas Day in early February, millions of eyes are focused on a strange activity in a small Pennsylvania town that calls itself the Weather Capital of the World: A 15-pound rodent named Punxsutawney Phil ("Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary") emerges from a simulated tree stump and either sees or fails to see his shadow, hence giving us a definitive forecast of the length of the remaining winter.
The Groundhog Day tradition is based on a German superstition that if an animal casts a shadow on February 2 - Candlemas Day - bad weather is coming.
An old saying runs: 'If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter shall have a second flight'.
2 is the first cross-quarter day, also Groundhog Day and Candlemas Day.
Today is Candlemas Day, that is, 40 days after Christmas.
Far too many to mention but I liked "If Candlemas Day be Fair and bright, Winter will have another flight, If Candlemas Day be cloud and rain, Then winter will not come again", and, "Of all the months of the year, curse a fair February" and If February give much snow, a fine summer it doth foreshow".
Today is Candlemas day, marking the midpoint of winter.
The weather on Candlemas Day (February 2) revealed how long winter would last.
Adapted from the German tradition of Candlemas Day, in which a hedgehog would emerge from its hole and either stay above ground expecting Spring to be on its way or return to its hole predicting six more weeks of winter based on whether or not he saw his shadow, our Pennsylvania tradition of Groundhog Day has become a beloved national tradition.
But farmers have an old saying: "If the sun shines on Candlemas Day, the worst of the winter is on the way.
The Germans concluded that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of bad weather or "Second Winter.
Groundhog Day stretches back to ancient beliefs associated with Candlemas Day by northern Europeans, who believed that if the groundhog saw his shadow, it meant there would be six more weeks of winter.