Thursday, February 1, 2018

On the Eve of Candlemas

(Remembering that, in the old tradition, the calendar day begins at sundown).

Here's a bit of religious trivia: Groundhog Day coincides with the Christian holiday Candlemas (literally, "candle festival"). It's not one of the more prominent holidays on the calendar, but it, too, was recycled from a pagan sabbat - Imbolc, marking the midpoint (roughly) between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. In other words, we're halfway to spring already!

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