Brigid's Day

Candlemas, Imbolc, Brigid's Day, Ground Hog Day, Mid-winter, Celebrate February 2nd.

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We have made it! The darkest days of winter are behind us!

The mid-way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox will be celebrated by many in the northern hemisphere tomorrow - on February 2nd.

This truly special day, known as Ground Hog Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, Brigid's Day or mid-winter has been marked with special celebrations and traditions since ancient times. At the end of the post you can find links that will enlighten you further as to the history and customs.

Candle Wreath for Imbolc

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Just finished putting together my candle wreath to celebrate the very old Celtic traditions of Brigid's Day or Imbolc - a celebration that takes place midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox to celebrate the advancing warmth and light of the sun as it warms and prepares the earth for spring sowing.

The holiday is often marked by lighting candles, building fires on freshly cleaned hearths, eating pancakes, and planting seeds or bulbs in little indoor pots.

Celebrating "Halfway to Spring" - Also Known as Mid-Winter!

Almost open in time for Imbolc!  Paphiopedilum Orchid!

I am celebrating "Halfway to Spring" or Imbolc or Candlemas by taking a walk in my garden and peering into every container looking for signs of spring returning.

Crocus are just pushing through the soil.

Hellebores are already forming tiny blossom buds almost before they are 2" high.

Brigid's Crosses

My very first Brigid's Cross or St. Brigid's Cross! 

Some people worship the goddess, and some recognize and worship the saint.   Most of the links at the end of the post today are intended to share the stories of both goddess and saint. I hope you will take time to read them and learn more of the rich history and lore surrounding Brigid and perhaps find your own reasons to honor her by making a Brigid's Cross.

I am celebrating Brigid as the goddess of creative inspiration and expression by Making a Brigid or St. Brigid Cross!

Imbloc! Brigid's Day! Candlemas! Oh yes and Groundhog Day!

For all these many years I thought February 2nd was Groundhog Day!!!

It is so much more than that!

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