If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.
Scottish poem (Anon)
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
English poem (Anon)
Marianne Stokes (1855-1927)
A painter born Marianne Preindlsberger at Graz in the Austrian province of Styria. She settled in England after her marriage to the landscape painter Adrian Scott Stokes (1854–1935) whom she had met in Pont-Aven and was considered one of the leading artists in Victorian England.
Candlemas is a Christian festival celebrated on 2 February. It marks the end of Epiphany, the Purification of the Virgin Mary and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when Jesus was recognised by Simeon as the one for whom he has been waiting. (Luke 2:25-40) In some traditions the candles to be used in church during the following year are taken to church and blessed. In some homes the Wise Men who were placed in the Nativity scene at Epiphany, 6 January, are finally removed. In France pancakes are eaten at Candlemas, or Chandeleur in French.
In Pennsylvania, North America, 2 February is also known as Groundhog Day. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Already a widely recognized and popular tradition, the day received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
… hence my weather related poems…!