A time of transition and initiation, the Irish festival of Spring, Imbolg (or Imbolc) is both a gateway and a celebration. The word Imbolg translates from Gaelic as ‘in the belly’ mirrored by the swollen bellies of the pregnant ewes at this time. Féile Bhríde, the festival of Brigid, the great divine female archetype of Spring is celebrated on and around 1st February all across Ireland but continues throughout this month as the days grow longer and the buds begin to open. School children will be taught to weave reed crosses, just like many did in years gone by to welcome Spring. Brigid’s distinctive equilateral Cross was important to protect their homes as fires were lit in Brigid’s honour and her many Wells, especially in her birthplace of Faughart and home of her Monastic City in Kildare, were visited.
Please enjoy our community ceremony in the video below.