Imbolc is a Celtic pagan religious holiday celebrated from February 1st – 2nd each year. Imbolc originated as a festival in honor of the pagan goddess Brigid that marked the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Imbolc was a time for people to celebrate new beginnings, welcome the start of the farming season, and to purify and cleanse their homes. Customs included lighting fires, making offerings of milk and butter, and decorating with flowers and other symbols of spring. The festival has since been incorporated into some forms of modern paganism and is still celebrated today by some people in Ireland and other Celtic communities.
Imbolc is also known as St. Brigid’s Day.
Brigid encompasses the stories of two women, Brigid the saint who is considered a patron saint of Ireland and the goddess Brigid a powerful woman and the patroness of healing, arts, fertility, poetry/music, prophecy and agriculture.
Her feast day on the 1st February marks the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere and it is the season when we celebrate hope and new life on earth