Imbolc Lá Fhéile Bríde the Coming of Spring

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Lá Fhéile Bríde or St Brigid' Day is celebrated on 1st February.   The veneration of St Brigid marked the christianisation of the celtic celebration of Imbolc associated with the goddess Brigid, a fertility goddess in Pagan Ireland.  

The Brigid venerated today was born in 5th century Ireland and build her monastery for men and women in Kildare around 470Ad.   Her monastery was acclaimed as a centre for education, pilgrimage, workshop and hospitality.      

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Féile Bride is a programme of events in Kildare every year at this time.   

The St Brigid Cross is made from rushes, reeds or straw.   It is thought that Brigid wove a cross from rushes to explain the meaning of the Christian cross to a dying Chieftain.  The weaving of the Cross is still a widespread tradition in Ireland today.   It is then placed in the house, usually over the door,  as a protection from evil, fire and hunger.   

Lá Fhéile Bríde celebrates the arrival of Spring in the Celtic Calendar.  Soon we will see more flowers opening and leaves appear as the Season turns.  

 

 


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