Even in the hardest part of winter the signs of spring approach- tree buds start to swell, and daylight is noticeably longer. Celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere around February 1st as Imbolc (the Feast of Brigit), Oimelc (ewes’ milk), Candlemas (Feb. 2nd), St. Brigid’s Day, or Groundhog Day, we know that the promise of new growth awaits.
‘Brigit, excellent woman, sudden flame,
may the bright fiery sun take us to the lasting kingdom.’ Carmina Gadelica
Imbolc (or Festival of Brigit/Brighid/Brid/Bridget/Brigantia/Bride/etc) celebrates the celtic goddess/christian saint. The goddess Brigit was known for smithcraft, poetry and healing. Here is an online site & virtual shrine to Brigit and another online virtual shrine.)
The ancient flame kept for Brigit has again been re-lit and cared for by the Brigidine Sisters in Kildare Ireland (a wonderful and welcoming order of nuns).
Féile Bríde – Brigid’s Festival in Kildare Town, Ireland is a week- long series of events commencing on the eve of St.Brigid’s Day, the first day of February.