In the halls on Saturday, February 2 there will be a Quiet Day for Candlemas
, a time for quiet personal meditation with reflections led by Rev Nerys Brown.
According to a (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-groundhog-day) report by History.com, the inception of Groundhog Day can be dated back to an ancient Christian tradition known as Candlemas
which consisted of priests giving away candles to the people to use them during the winter season.
This season of the year is rich in cultural traditions such as Y Fari Lwyd, Chinese New Year, Candlemas
, Mid Winter and Hen Galan, which have originated from many places and peoples and are still celebrated in Wales.
Until the 19th century though, people would keep their decorations up until Candlemas
Day on February 2.
The Christmas festivities officially draw to a close at Candlemas
on the 2nd February which commemorates the arrival of Mary Magdalene over 2,000 years ago in Provence at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer on this date.
The ceramics section includes a Candlemas
pattern vase by Susannah Margaretta "Daisy" Makeig-Jones (1881-1945) for Wedgwood, valued at up to PS2,500, and a 1921 Lalique Ondines pattern plate at PS1,500.
Denise Levertov's lovely poem "Candlemas
" helps me understand Simeon's joy.
It starts with Groundhog Day and Candlemas
Day and ends with 11 hours, 11 minutes of day length.
This very American tradition starring Punxsutawney Phil, a rodent also known as a woodchuck, began with a legend about the weather, brought over by settlers: 'If Candlemas
be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight; If Candlemas
brings clouds and rain, Go Winter, and come not again.' That means, if the groundhog who lives at Gobbler's Knob (seriously!) sees its shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter weather.
Personally I shall be marking the feast of King Charles the Martyr on January 30 and Candlemas
("the Christian festival of lights") on February 2, and looking forward to all the fun of Shrove Tuesday on February 17.
For example, in early 2013, players and distributors collaborated on over 500 in-store events, such as the 'Crepes en Fete' during the Epiphany and Candlemas
A week last Sunday was 40 days after Christmas and marked as Candlemas
William Leonard, SJ, asked Waugh to speak at Boston College's annual Candlemas
Lectures in December 1948.
On the occasion of 15 February, the great Christian Holiday of Candlemas
, or Sretenje in Serbian, officially celebrated as the Day of Statehood since 10 July 2011 and as the Day of the Army, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the Republic of Macedonia hosted a reception in Skopje.
Held close to Candlemas
, Christingle means 'Christ-light' and each child carries an orange representing the world, decorated with a candle representing Jesus as the light of the world and four cocktail sticks representing the seasons decorated with sweets which represent the fruits of the spirit.