SCA Candlemas Celebration

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Date(s) - 02/02/2019
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Hawkwood Farm


2.30pm Saturday 2nd February at the Round house, Hawkwood

candlemas celebrationsCandlemas, the Christian successor to the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc, is celebrated each year here on the farm. February 2nd is midway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. It marks the noticeable lengthening of daylight and the beginning of the end of winter.

In the autumn we have the image of light and the life of summer descending into the earth where it remains in a dormant state of sleep. Now in February light and the new life of nature begins to re-emerge in the form of snowdrops and other early spring flowers. The Candlemas celebration is a marking of this moment.

We meet together at the round house at 2.30 pm and take old wax that has been melted down, out to the field. It is then poured into prepared holes to make earth candles. These are then left to set while we return to enjoy bring and share refreshments in the round house. When darkness falls between 5.00 and 5.30 pm we go out and light the candles and see them glow like stars across the field.

Please come warmly dressed and bring something for the bring-and-share tea. We will have a stove on and warm drinks available. Everyone welcome!

If you have any old wax left over from Christmas, please bring it as soon as possible and leave it in the vegetable shed at Hawkwood. It will then go in the melting pot.

Bernard Jarman and Simon Hanks