With winter moving into its peak many of us are dreaming of spring. Imbolc or Imbolg is the next big date on the wheel of the calendar and the first major pagan holiday of the new year. We like to keep the holidays simple around here. These simple ideas will help you add a little magic to your day this Imbolc without too much fuss.
What is Imbolc?
Imbolc is February 1st, about the halfway point between Yule and the spring equinox also known as Brigid’s Day. If you are in the southern hemisphere you may choose to celebrate this holiday on August 1st 2020. Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring often celebrated in Ireland and Scotland. This is a time of celebration of the soon to end winter. Planning gardens and starting the work on farms as the worst of the cold and bad weather has passed. While not all Pagans celebrate this day ist can be a great opportunity to clear out some of the old energy of winter and bring new light into their homes.
What are some simple ways to celebrate Imbolc
Celebrating Imbolc doesn’t have to be fancy. The holiday is more focused on individual homes making it the perfect holiday to relax.
Get a little crafty:
- Make a Brigid cross
- Make a Brigid doll
Hearth and Home:
- Light a fire in the fireplace
- Light white candles
- Plan your spring garden
- Give your home a good spring cleaning
- Bake sun bread
Out in nature:
- Visit a river, stream, or well
- Go for a walk to enjoy the first nice days of the year
- Start cleaning out your garden
Someone in one of my groups shared this amazing looking LAVENDER & ROSEMARY SEED CAKE for Imgolic.
‘Bratog Bride’ in Irish folklore is placing a cloth scarf outdoors on St Brigid’s eve, the night before Imbolc. Place a cloth or scarf outside to be blessed by St. Brigid as she passes by your home. This tale in Irish folklore states that this special garment can then be used as a cure for headaches or sore throats.