Every year I am growing to like Candlemas as a holiday more and more. Our preparations begin the night before Candlemas with prayers celebrating the arrival of Candlemas, that meeting of the New and the Old.
I love what “All Year Round” says in regards to Candlemas (and I know I quote this annually for those of you who have been reading this blog for some years, but I love this quote!). Authors Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marije Rowling write: “At the beginning of February, when the infant light of spring is greeted thankfully by the hoary winter earth, it seems fitting that we should celebrate a candle Festival to remember that moment when the Light of the World was received into the Temple, when the old yielded to the new.”
The above picture is the Presentation of Jesus, the new light of the world, to the old world gone before Him. I believe Eastern churches sometimes call this day “The Meeting”. Is that correct, my Orthodox friends? How lovely.
One way we are celebrating in our home today is with traditional foods. In the morning, I made apple crepes and for dinner we will have a sunny lentil soup with tumeric- colored rolls. We will dip candles this afternoon. If candle-dipping is new to you, there are instructions in “All Year Round” and my friend Lisa has instructions with pictures on her blog for the preparation. You can see here: http://celebratetherhythmoflife.blogspot.com/2011/01/beeswax-candle-dipping-preparation.html
We set up the melted wax at one end of a table and a tall container of cool water at the other. Once the child dips their wick in the wax and walks around the table to dip the candle in the cool water, then it is time to dip again. Over a period a beautiful candle is born! We work to keep the candle straight as we go and also to make the base bigger than the top so they can stand freely without falling over.
Here are some back posts I have written about Candlemas with many more ideas:
Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating in your home and with your family.