Candlemas day is Christian Holy Day. I learned about it when I was a kid in Maine because on the farm it’s time to check on how the wood and hay is holding out, based on this old saying:
Half your wood and half your hay, you should have on Candlemas Day.
This saying does have a basis in astronomy, from here; it’s cross-quarter day, a day about midway between a solstice and an equinox.
There is of course also this one:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another flight. But if it be dark with clouds and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.
Which is the basis for today being the day of the humble groundhog, called a woodchuck around here.
Also google tells me it’s Imbolc, a Gaelic festival.
Going to be a football game on TV today as well.
I don’t have any hay but my firewood pile is looking good.