Candlemas, February 2nd, is known by many names: Groundhog Day, Imblog and St. Bridgids Day. Candlemas is a beautiful and long forgotten winter holiday that marks the half way point until spring. Throughout history people would gather and celebrate light, hope and renewal.
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another flight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.
Today on February 2nd most people focus on a small furry mammal named Phil, in the little town of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. The world holds its breath as the poor little groundhog is removed from his cozy slumber to look for his shadow (if he doesn’t find it that means an early spring). I admit I am one of those people who LOVE that silly tradition and I watch it live on the internet. My kids and I also watch Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day movie every February 2nd, we LOVE that ridiculous movie.
I invite you and your family to take some time to pause on February 2nd and reflect upon your own hopes and dreams for the year. Maybe you light some candles to mark the fact that we are half way to the spring equinox or try one of the other ideas below.
Here are some ideas to celebrate Candlemas:
- Make candles as a family (this kit is a favorite of ours)
- Have a candlelit dinner and talk about everyone’s hopes and dreams
- Call someone who may be lonely and provide a little light in their lives
- Plant a seed or bulb and watch it grow as the days get closer to spring
- Make Valentine’s Day cards to send out to the older folks in your life. They will love a little handwritten note from you.
Here are some of our favorite books to read on February 2nd.
A fun book about a groundhog who has trouble hibernating. He wakes up for all of the fall/winter holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) and sees what he has been missing all these years. This is such a cute book and is great for ages 3 and up.
This book is not only funny but filled with lots of facts about weather, the history of Groundhog Day and other groundhogs around the world. My kids and I read this book every year and it still makes us laugh. This book is great for kids 5 and up.
This is an ancient Irish story that celebrates St. Brigid. In this beautiful story you hear about how Brigid’s got her famous blue cloak and the first of the miracles that it performed. St. Brigid is a patron saint of Ireland and a wonderful role model for kindness. She set up convents all over Ireland that catered to the poor and hungry. This book would be great for children ages 5 and up.