The snowdrop, a flower marked as a symbol of hope has become a symbol of the Christian event Candlemas Day as well.
Candlemas Day or Festival Day of the Candles marked the end of the Christmas season as well as of the dark days. Candles on 2 February were said to bring protection against disease, famine and poverty.
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter will not come again.”
Candlemas Day’s special food is the pancake. A saying goes: “If you want to avoid infected wheat, pancakes at Candlemas do eat.”