February 2, 2016
Happy New Year!
Today, February 2, is one of my favorites: the beginning of the New Year for many cultures around the world. For the Celts, who divided the year unto EIGHT seasons, all of them celebrated by fire festivals, today was called Imbolc, the moment between the winter solstice (when the sun stops and heads north again) and the vernal equinox (when day and night are equal in length.) For the Christian church, it is Candlemas.
It is also our local “Groundhog Day,” when we learn from our friendly woodchuck (aka groundhog) if he sees his shadow and we will have 6 more weeks of winter!
Click here for my earlier story of Candlemas.
Even if he sees his shadow, I always light a candle tonight and welcome in the New Year!
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