Happy Imbolc!

 

February 1st or 2nd (also known as Candlemas)

Image: Drawing of Candles for Candlemas

 

Image: Candle for imbolc / candlemas

Image: Drawing of Little Lamb facing left

Image: Drawing of Little lamb facing right

Image: Drawing of dafodill flowers

Image: Drawing of early flowers - yellow narcissus

The flowers above usually grow up out of the snow; showing the early signs of spring coming.

 

Image: Winter landscape

Imbolc

Imbolc, also known as Candlemas, is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar, celebrated among Gaelic peoples and some other Celtic cultures either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. The First of February belongs to Brigid, (Brighid, Brigit, Bride,) the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint.

Also known as Imbolg, this holiday can be celebrated on February 1st or 2nd and is the day that falls in the middle of the winter season. This day continues to recognize the growing power of the sun, rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings. Though the Earth is still covered in snow, we can begin to see the shift toward spring, which will bring new growth and warmth. The coldest days of winter are gone and all continues to grow and live on. This is considered the time of the Maiden; it is her season as she prepares for the fertile growth of the seasons to come. This is also a great time for taking steps forward in bringing your New Year’s resolutions into fruition and for planning what new things you want to bring into your life and what bad things you wish to banish as you clean up and prepare for warmer days. At this time, many honor the Celtic Goddess, Brigid, who later became adopted in the Christian faith as St. Brigit.

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