Growing up in Luxembourg, the only good day in grey and wet February was Liichtmëssdag (Candlemas Day), which takes place on the 2nd of February. After dark, small groups of children walk from house to house holding colourful lantern that they’ve made themselves and singing in return for sweets and money. Liichtmëssdag was originally held for Brigid, the pagan goddess of fertility and based on the Celtic festival of Imbolc, during which farmers visited their with fields with wooden torches to welcome Spring, a prosperous crop and light into their houses. It was gradually influenced by Catholic traditions and poor Brigit was eventually replaced with Holy Blasius (Patron Saint of sore throats, which I guess is quite a good fit for Feb?!).
Today’s song goes as follows: