February 2nd Candlemas

Here’s a day women libers will love! Did you know Christmas wasn’t over yet? Today starts the Feast of Purification where candles are blessed in the church to allow women who have just given birth back inside. In the old days, women were considered unclean after giving birth and were not permitted back into the temple for 40 days, if a son was born, or 60 days if a daughter was born. This included Mary, the mother of Jesus. Candlemas ends on February 15th, officially ending the Christmas season.

How to celebrate – Get some candles. Study all the rules and regulations man has made about the holidays. Make up your own rules for celebrating.

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