Today, for example, if you are a Pagan living in the Northern Hemisphere* you may well celebrate the IMBOLC festival which is dedicated both to the Goddess and to the returning of light, a time of awakening of the Life Force often heralded by the appearance of snowdrops.
However if you are a Christian then today is CANDLEMAS (The Christian Festival Of Lights) which, largely connected to the Imbolic Festival, also celebrates the midpoint of winter as well as traditionally being a festival that commemorates the ritual purification of Mary forty days after the birth of her son Jesus.
Then, of course, there is tomorrow (the 3rd) when many people in Japan will celebrate with a BEAN THROWING FESTIVAL which, in a way, is connected to both of the above as it also celebrates the coming of spring. Traditionally this is a day when people will either throw roasted soy beans at home shouting "oni wa so to" (get out demons) and "fu ku wa uchi" (come in happiness) which it is believed will bring you health and happiness if you pick up and eat the same number of beans as equal your age OR visit a shrine or temple where it is common for people who were born under the same Chinese zodiac sign as that year to throw the beans.
*If you live below the equator you will celebrate this festival on the 1st of August. Unlike the solstice and equinox celebrations these dates DO NOT change from year to Year.
P.S. Going back to YESTERDAYS POST, for those of you keen to know what Husband dearest thought of Twilight, he had the following to say
"Husband is straining to be civil, much as he fought to be quiet during Twilight. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a film so reliant on it's own genre's cliches and formulae without actually selling itself as a spoof. I still can't believe this is a serious film. Rubbish from start to finish."