- Imbolc can be translated as 'in the belly' as it was celebrated to mark the beginning of the lambing season. The ewes were starting to lactate in readiness.
- The Goddess associated with Imbolc is Brigid/Brigit who is a solar deity and therefore brings the qualities of light and fire. To honour her, it was traditional to keep the hearth alight all day and carry candles.
- Imbolc is a fertility festival and girls made corn dolls to please Brigid, laying them on a white bed and asking the villagers to offer gifts. If Brigid was sufficiently pleased, she would send the first signs of spring and the young ladies hoped their dream man would come along next!
- Songs, dancing and poetry played a big part of the merry making.
- Cleaning and preparations for spring began in earnest.
Blessed Imbolc & may Brigid answer your prayers!