First on the list is celebrating Imbolc this weekend. I wrote a little article on Imbolc over at Kallan's blog last weekend, so I won't repeat myself here. I know this is not necessarily a "winter is over" celebration for much of the northern US or Canada, but there are plenty of signs that the earth is stirring from her long sleep.
Although I've never had any real experience with Catholicism, the blessing of the candles at Candlemas seems to carry over into some secular or other spiritual traditions in the form of crafting candles for the year's rituals or offertory lights. I've grown weary of unhealthy mass-produced candles and am attempting to pour some candles myself this weekend.
I've found a fun book by a Canadian author about Candlemas traditions in eastern Canada. My father told me about the Acadians, how they had been French settlers who were pushed from their homes after many battles with the British. A few brave souls stayed on the in the area, but many of them headed south and settled in the Mississippi River area and other regions. Some, after a time, came back north and re-settled in the Maritimes.
Folklore historian Georges Arsenault has written several books about the Acadian traditions and folklore, but I've only found two that have been translated into English. (I'm a terrible Canadian - and don't read or speak French well.) I picked up his "Acadian Traditions on Candlemas Day" recently and have enjoyed the stories of the old timers that he quotes as well as the songs and folklore he has dug up. You can see quite a similarity between Acadian traditions and some of the traditions of the deep south. One practice that is quite popular is the eating of pancakes on Candlemas Day to ensure a good crop for the year. It is implied that eating wheat in some form symbolizes a good harvest, and saving a pancake ensures that there will always be more wheat. More interesting is how the Acadians hid toys or trinkets in the pancakes as a way of divination for the year (akin to the King Cake.)
Do not buy this from the US Amazon site - people are charging hundreds of dollars for Arsenault's books.
Amazon.ca has them priced for $11-$13.
Of course, one of the most popular traditions on the first days of February is the prophetic mammal that hints at the coming spring (or lingering winter.) The Acadians spoke of the "whistle-pig" but we know him as the groundhog today. There is also folklore that puts the skunk or other small mammals in this prognosticating position.
As the ground thaws, the hibernating ones reappear and the small signs of early spring emerge, may you find your own way to celebrate and return to life. However January fades out and you welcome February in, I hope there is wonderful movement for you!