Imbolc, the festival of Brigit, Goddess of ancient Ireland. She ruled over the Spring, fertility, healing, poetry and smithcraft. As Goddess of Poetry she has pride of place on this site. Officially Imbolc is a cross quarter day, one of the four great festivals of the Celtic calendar. It lies between Winter solstice and Spring equinox.
The title of this post is in Irish Gaelic. It means “Day Feast Brigit” (Brigit’s Feast Day)
Along with Hallowe’en it was found to be a sticky holiday with the Irish. Very tricky for the Christian church to get rid of. So they subsumed it. They changed Brigit, the Goddess, into Saint Bridget. This year the Christian feast is Feb 1st and Imbolc is Feb 3rd. Choose your poison, or celebrate both.
Just to fill up the agenda this year, Groundhog day lies in between! Welcome to Spring if you live in Ireland. If you live in the USA you need to hear from the furry rat.