Thursday, February 2, 2017

It's Candelmas Day


Earlier today I posted an entry (here on Blogger) in honor of this year's Groundhog Day. Now, I've just discovered another interesting fact re this holiday! According to Holiday Insights, (HI), "The (tradition of groundhogs predicting the onset of spring) is based upon Candlemas, the day that is the midpoint between Winter and Spring. A famous Candlemas poems goes:


'If Candlemas be fair and bright, 
Winter has another flight. 
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, 
Winter will not come again.''

Here's what Wiki says re Candlemas Day (which is today): "Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas. On Candlemas, many Christians (especially Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and Roman Catholics) also bring their candles to their local church, where they are blessed and then used for the rest of the year."

In bygone years,  I created Christmas cards based on The Feast of the Presentation, using a photo I took of a snow sculpture of the Blessed Virgin that I saw in Central Park on the first day of 2001. My cards can be seen within the images atop this entry. And subsequently I discussed these cards in a radio interview with Karen Lewis for WBAI. The interview is posted on my website, and if you'd like to hear it, please click here.

In any event, as Wiki stated, "While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas," and this happens to be my practice, so I'll be removing Christmas decor from my main living area today; and storing it until next year.

My outdoor Christmas trees (that are standing in my rooftop garden) will still be standing there for a while. They are decorated with bird feeders, which I replenish constantly, and leave up until spring.

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