Every 2nd February is Candlemas Day, a day celebrated by Pagans and Christians. For pagans, the ancient festival marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. Known as the ‘Feast of Lights’, the festival celebrates the increase strength of the life-giving sun as winter gave way to spring. For Christians, the festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of her son Jesus. It is the day when all the candles for the coming year were brought into church and blessed.
Some people believe that Candlemas Day predicts the weather for the rest of winter. Another superstition allows Snowdrops to be brought into the house after Candlemas Day.