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February 2: Candlemass

Candlemas brings in Spring and is between the Winter and Spring Equinoxes. It is one of the cross quarter days of the wheel of the year. Feb 1st is sacred to Saint Brigid or Bride the Bright One of the Sun. She is the patron saint of nuns who call themselves the Brides of Christ. Women dress as Brides in marriage ceremonies. Saint of smiths, sacred arts, and growing things. lThe Day of Old Candlemass is February 14th On her feast day, her statue is washed in the sea (purification) and then carried in a cart through the fields surrounded by candles. Fires are blessed.The augury of Brigid is called frith. (1, 2)


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