Candlemas Day (also called Ground Hog Day) marks the midpoint of Winter, and is used to predict the weather for the rest of Winter:
If Candlemas day be fair and bright ,
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas day brings cloud and rain
Winter won’t come again.
So: if the sun comes out on 2nd February, it meant six more weeks of winter weather.
In 2018: We had light rain….but the sun did come out!……Hope it means No More Winter Weather in Urmston!!!
Candlemas has been celebrated for hundreds of years and it was the custom for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people. It was a festival of candles (ie a bright light, in the middle of a cold/dark winter, was placed in every window).
Any Christmas decorations not taken down by the Twelth Night (ie January 5th) should be left up until Candlemas Day (and then taken down).