Celebrating Imbolc, also known as St. Brigid’s Day | IrishCentral.com

Imbolc, known as the Feast of Brigid, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring. The above image is of a stained glass window showing Saint Brigid (photo by Wolfgang Sauber).

Source: Celebrating Imbolc, also known as St. Brigid’s Day | IrishCentral.com

Some Irish customs and traditions surrounding the Feast of St. Brigid – also celebrated by some as the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc.

“St. Brigid is the patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, cattle farmers, children whose parents are not married, children whose mothers are mistreated by the children’s fathers, Clan Douglas, dairymaids, dairy workers, fugitives, Ireland, Leinster, mariners, midwives, milkmaids, nuns, poets, the poor, poultry farmers, poultry raisers, printing presses, sailors, scholars, travelers, and watermen. Here’s a busy saint!”

No joke…!

Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c. 525 | For All the Saints

 

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Brigid is commemorated in the Calendars of the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Church in Wales, and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Souce: Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c. 525 | For All the Saints

Good morning, all! A grey and chilly – though not frigid, at 39° – start to the month of February. Wishing my Christian friends a happy, holy, and blessed Feast of St. Brigid! One of the most popular and widespread and Celtic saints, one of two patron saints of Ireland (with St. Patrick), and the original patroness of what is now St. Bede’s, her roots may well extend back in time to well before the coming of Christianity. May we all have a blessed day!

February

 

February - Edith Holden
“The word February is believed to have derived from the name ‘Februa’ taken from the Roman ‘Festival of Purification’. The root ‘februo’ meaning to ‘I purify by sacrifice’.

“Favourable colours to improve personal healing are amethyst, white and blue-violet (the colour of crocus flowers). These are the colours often associated with winter whilst the delicate crocus and snowdrops, along with the scented carnation lend beauty, a glimpse of the fine weather to come in spring. The herbs and produce of the woodland too are closely connected, with nuts and cones, musk, marjoram and mimosa lending sweetness.”

~ “February” by Edith Holden, from “The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady

Read about the life of Edith Holden on our site: TQE Magazine: Celebrating Britishness

This lovely book, by Edith Holden, was (along with its sister, “Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady”) the earliest impetus and inspiration for the nature journal I have been keeping, off and on, for many years – since 1991 or 92, in fact! Sadly, neither seems to be currently in print, but they are available used, and definitely worth picking up if you like English / British history, nature study, art and artistry, or a combination of all three!