It’s almost Candlemas Week in Exploring Nature With Children
Candlemas falls on TuesdayFebruary 2nd and takes its name from the blessing of candles for use in church throughout the coming year, marking the presentation of the Holy Child in the Temple, where Simeon held Jesus and called him a ‘Light to the World’. In pre-Christian times February 1st was an important festival to celebrate the returning light.
Here are some links to help with your nature study:
- What is Candlemas?
- Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day by Father Scott Winchel (video)
- Bright in winter’s depths: why the flawless flower of Candlemas is a joy forever
- The Snowdrop by Hans Christian Andersen or this alternative
- How to make beeswax candles