Let’s celebrate Imbolc!

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Today it’s Imbolc, let’s celebrate it!

Imbolcis a Gaelic traditional festival that celebrates the beginning of spring. Since the beginning of the spreading of Christianity in Ireland, it is also the feast of Saint Brigid, the country’s patron saint.

It gets celebrated between the 1st and the 2nd of February, halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The tradition comes from Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man, where Imbolc is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, with Beltaine (celebrated between May 1st and 2nd), Lughnasadh (celebrated August 1st and 2nd), and Samhain (celebrated between October 31st and November 1st).

We have literary evidence of Imbolc in early Irish literature (since the 10th century), and Imbolc was originally associated with the lambing season, the beginning of lactation, and the idea of rebirth.

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