Imbolc/Saint Brigid’s Day
February 6, 2023
This year we have a new public holiday in Ireland on Monday 6 February to celebrate Saint Brigid’s Day, Ireland’s patroness saint. Brigid or Brigit meaning ‘exalted one’, also Bríg, is a goddess of pre-Christian Ireland. Saint Brigid shares many of the goddess’s attributes and her feast day 1 February, was originally a pagan festival called Imbolc. Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival. It marks the beginning of spring on 1 February, which is about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Imbolc is one of the for Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with: Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. Spring is coming!
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