February 2–Ground Hog Day, Candlemas, or Imbolc

quarter holidaysFrom Celebrating Candlemas, February 2 “is one of the great cross-quarter days which make up the wheel of the year. It falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and in many traditions is considered the beginning of spring. ”

Imbolc was known  as the time for clearing the fields to prepare them for Spring planting.  It was also a time for cleansing and purification.  The fertility or fire goddess, Bridgit (before she became the Christian St. Brigid) was celebrated on this day.

st bridgit of kildare

Candlemas is traditionally a holiday where Jesus was presented to the temple and Mary was purified 40 days after giving birth to Jesus.  The ceremony is referenced in Luke (2:22-4:22)

In the United States, where groundhogs exist, it’s the day where people wait to see if the great weather prognosticator will see his shadow or not.


For more information about Candlemas Day and Ground Hog Day, click here.


8 thoughts on “February 2–Ground Hog Day, Candlemas, or Imbolc”

  1. I have always found it odd that people bother debating with a groundhog about whether winter will last another 6 weeks. After all, Ground Hog Day is, by definition, halfway through the 12 week period between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. I can only conclude that either groundhogs are poor at math or people who consult them are suffering from winter boredom. Still, a good excuse for a classic movie.


  2. You have hit the nail on the head. I thought that Phil looked espeically fat and unhappy this year. I liked the year he bit the ear of the person who was listening to his prognostication. I have heard people say that they find the Old Farmer’s Almanac to be correct the most often.


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