February 02, 2014 Groundhog Day and the Superbowl are on the same day for the first time. But Groundhog Day as a day of forecasting the weather is really a new celebration compared to the European tradition of Candlemas was considered one of the great days of weather forecasting. Popular belief claims that bad weather and cloudy skies on February 2 mean an early and prosperous summer. If the sun shines through the greater part of Candlemas Day, there will be at least 40 more days of cold and snow. This superstition is familiar to all in our famous story of the groundhog looking for his shadow on Candlemas Day.
Candlemas, the Festival of Lights, a Midwinter Festival. Known to Neopagans and ancient Celts as Imbolc (Gaelic origin, “in milk” or ” in the belly”), a festival of the Maiden Goddess and a traditional time to bless agricultural implements and celebrate the spring.
So light a few candles and welcome the first day to honor the coming spring.