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 2020: 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).
If St Paul’s day (29 June) be fair and clear
It does betide a happy year.
But if it chance to snow or rain
Then will be dear all kinds of grain.
If clouds or mists do dark the sky
Great store of birds and beasts shall die.
And if the winds do file aloft
Then war shall vex the kingdom oft.
….oh no! it rained (slightly in the evening) in Urmston 2012.
St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain.
St. Swithin’s day (15 July) if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.
If it rains on St. Swithin’s day then it will continue to rain for a further forty days.
St. Swithin was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester and was originally buried (at his request), in a humble outside grave at Winchester.
9 years later the monks at Winchester moved his remains to a magnificent shrine inside Winchester cathedral on 15 July 971. Legend says that during the ceremony it began to rain and continued to do so for forty days.