For most pagans, February 1 is known as either Imbolc or Candlemas. It is considered the actual beginning of spring, when the earth begins to awaken after her long winter sleep. However, for the last few years I have been celebrating my own more goth version, which I call the Celebration of the Eternal Maidens/Youths.
I began by going to my local grocery store and buying white flowers. I try to find the less expensive ones that have many blooms on fewer stems; they don't have to be fancy, no need to spend a lot. I cut the blooms off the long stems, leaving individual flowers with stems only a few inches long, and put them into a small basket. Then I took them to the local cemetery, to the older section, which has an area dedicated to the graves of children. I looked for the ones under 16 years old, with no flowers, toys or other signs that people are visiting them. And on each lonely, untended grave, I placed a small white flower, then read the child's name out loud.
These are the children who will never grow old, the Eternal Maidens and Eternal Youths. May they dance forever in the sunshine.
"S/he who can be named is remembered. S/he who is remembered lives."