The early February festival of returning light, which Matthew Claxton is seeking [Marking the end of the darkest days, Dec. 31 Painful Truth, Langley Advance], already exists, and has done since ancient days in Britain â€“ though it is seldom practised anymore, so far as I am aware.
It is called Candlemas, the festival or mass of the candles, representing the sunâ€™s return. It falls on Feb. 2 of every year, and I never fail to celebrate it in my heart â€“ well, never since I began to age, anyway. (You never know if youâ€™ll see your next Candlemas, haha! Mind you, you never really know anyway â€“ ever.)
With that cheerful thought, I leave you, except to say that I loved Mr. Claxtonâ€™s column, especially the first few paragraphs. It reminded me of my childhood in England, in the years immediately following World War II.
Have a Happy Candlemas!
Bridget Oldale, Aldergrove