Sunday, February 2, 2014
Disclaimer: Yes, you've seen this post (or much of it) before -- if you've been following my blog for 5 years! The following first ran on 2/2/09; I thought I'd blow the dust off and give it another go.
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Today, February 2, is Candlemas Day, the day upon which the season of Winter in the northern hemisphere is half over. The end can't come soon enough for a lot of folks.
An old English folk song declares:
If Candlemas be fair and bright
Come, Winter, have another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.
This day is also known as Groundhog Day (lots of information), and here in the U.S. we direct our attention to Punxsutawney Phil. He popped his head up to bright sunshine this morning, and left us with a dread of six weeks more of Winter to come. For more information on Phil, go here. (Current note: The information about Punxsutawney Phil is still true. I just checked. Brrr!)
In addition, February 2nd is celebrated as the Pagan Festival of Lights, St. Brigit's Day (Ireland) and in the Roman Catholic church, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.
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New Stuff: The photo above is a new addition, courtesy of The Daily Office East, a devotional service to which I subscribe. From this post I learned that Candlemas Day used to be the day upon which all the beeswax candles in the church were blessed.
As the weatherman projected, the balmy temperatures of yesterday have fled. The thermometer currently reads just above the freezing point. Skies are heavy, leaden and primed to dump some winter mix upon us before the day is out.
Stay warm and dry!
Tomorrow is also a day.