Orthodox Christians February 15 celebrate the Candlemas. This is one of 12 major religious holidays.
the Holiday was established in honor of meeting (the word “Candlemas” in old Slavonic language means a meeting) of baby Jesus with righteous elder Simeon and the prophetess Anna. In accordance with the text of the old Testament, on the 40th day after Jesus ‘ birth, the parents brought their firstborn to the temple in Jerusalem to dedicate him to God, and there he met a 360-year-old Simeon, who foretold that he would not die until you behold Christ the Savior.
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Friday all-night vigil at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and the holiday will hold a Liturgy in the assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.
popular tradition know as Candlemas day, which meet in spring and winter, hence the proverb, “On Candlemas winter with spring was found”. On this day judged the weather (“What is the weather on Candlemas, this will be the spring”) and the future harvest. So, thaw testified early spring, snow — about a protracted and rainy storm — on a bad year.