02 February 2017
Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas.
The community gathered on a wet and windy afternoon to pour melted wax into holes in preparation for the lighting of the candles later on that day. The forecast was looking good for the 5pm ceremony and true to form, the rain had abaited leaving moody skies. It was a perfect backdrop for the flickering flames set amongst the blooming heather and mossy stones. It was noted that one flame, seen from Lindisfarne was still burning the next day.