Brigit’s Day and Candlemas at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm$10
Brigit’s Day and Candlemas come midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox, when snowdrops, the first flower of spring, make their appearance, signaling nature’s awakening from winter’s sleep. Candlemas is named for the blessing of candles, used to protect homes and for procession through farm field and orchard. As evidenced by Groundhog’s Day, weather prognostication was commonly practiced in anticipation of spring sowing. Good weather at Candlemas is taken to indicate severe winter weather later. Hence, the saying, “If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year. Another old English proverb proclaimed, “If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, winter will not come again.” Rush crosses, woven for Brigid’s Day, were believed to protect house and livestock from adversity.
Some of the Bergen County Historical Society’s treasure of Revolutionary War artifacts will be on display during the event. All three Jersey-Dutch Houses will be open, connected by a gravel walking path through the historic battleground.
Event takes place in Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661. $10 adult, $7 children, BCHS members free.
An individual membership is $20, most of our events are free to BCHS members, some are discounted. Free parking is available or take a train on the Pascack Valley Line from Secaucus via NJ Transit to the New Bridge Landing stop.