01 February 2008

Friday Five: February Celebrations

The RevGals have a new Friday five with an option -- Superbowl or Holy Days. My guess is most of us church nerds are choosing #2.

Candlemas/ Imbloc/ Groundhog day/ St Brigid's day- all of these fall on either the 1st or 2nd February.
1. Do you celebrate one or more of these?

I've never really known about any of them other than Groundhog Day until this year.

2. How do you celebrate?
Dennis and I usually try to watch Groundhog Day which is one of our favorite movies. That's been about it.

3. Is this a bit of fun or deeply significant?
It's been just fun. But this year, I learned about WHY we celebrate Groundhog's Day when we do. (Do you know this? It's 1/2 way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox!) And Candlemas suddenly made MUCH more sense and had more significance. In fact, I wrote my newsletter article this month on Candlemas. Sort of. So, we may have to find something to observe in the future. My inner Episcopalian really wants to jump on board these things.

4. Are festivals/ Saints days important to you?
Formal festivals -- not so much other than the big'ns. But, my mother was always GREAT at making any celebration special. I never knew any other kids who observed MayDay, but we sure did.

5.Name your favourite Saints day/ celebration.
St. Patrick's Day. We really only observe it and Valentine's Day. But my mom has the BEST St. Patrick's Day celebration I've ever heard of. And it involves no beer.
But it does have a Leprechaun Basket.


RevDrKate said...

Total agreement on the church nerd choice! Very intrigued by the Leprechaun basket and what that might include.

Hedwyg said...

Very nice play, April! There is something to marking the turn of the seasons, even their midpoints.

Happy Friday!

Counselor in Process said...

I love a sober St. Patricks Day, great.

chartreuseova said...

It can be difficult celebrating St. Valentine's & St. Patrick's Day while trying to observe Lent.

My daughter loves to celebrate, she even creates new holidays so I'd love to hear more about the Leprechaun Basket.

Sally said...

Well played- thank you- from a fellow church nerd!

LawAndGospel said...

Hmm... want to know about the Leprechaun basket. Great play!