“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will take another flight.
If Candlemas Day be cloud and rain
Winter is gone and will not come again.”
The February second coming of Candlemas, in an agricultural sense, was often viewed as the first day of Spring. How fitting to have a beautiful idea of light come into the world on this day, and to celebrate by eating sunny foods and making candles. Many Christians bring their candles to their parish to be blessed as well. This day in Christianity is known as the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, and commemorates the Christ as the Light of the world.
We plan to have a brunch with friends on Candlemas, full of sunny foods, and to roll and dip beeswax candles. Earth candles are also lovely and fun to make! One of the things I love about this particular festival is that it isn’t really complicated and can be quite simple. There have been many years where we dipped candles just around our kitchen counter!
This is also the day I love to put some first sign of spring on the Nature Table. If you live in an area where you might see a hint of budding on the trees or the first pussywillows of the season, you might enjoy doing this as well.
Here are a few back posts for inspiration:
You can also see some beautiful projects on my Candlemas Pinterest Board as well.