Candlemas - midpoint to season

2017-02-01 06:01

CANDLEMAS Day, on 2 February, is an ancient festival that marks the midpoint of winter (in the northern hemisphere) as it is halfway between the shortest day, and the spring equinox.

On this day all the candles to be used during the year in the church were brought to be blessed. In those days candles were vital to the people, with some people believing they gave protection against plague, illness and famine.

A reminder - traditionally Christmas decorations should be taken down by the 12th day (5 January), but if you forgot they should be left up and removed on Candlemas Day.

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