Monday, February 02, 2009
Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Wheel of the Year, celebrated among Neopagans, Wiccans, and other similar cultures either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. Most commonly it is celebrated on February 2, since this is the cross-quarter day on the solar calendar, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere. Originally dedicated to the goddess Brighid, in the Christian period it was adopted as St Brigid's Day. In Scotland the festival is also known as Là Fhèill Brìghde, in Ireland as Lá Fhéile Bríde, and in Wales as Gŵyl Fair
Brighid was one of the most beloved Goddesses of all time, and was widely worshipped and respected by the ancient Celts. She represented motherhood, fertility, animal husbandry, power, warmth and light, the home and creativity. She is also the goddess of homecrafts -spinning, weaving, dyeing and more.