Tuesday is Imbolc, it is also known as Candlemas and Brigid’s day. When the Christians took over they found that love for the Goddess Brigid was still so strong that the population still wanted to acknowledge her so they turned her into Saint Brigid instead. People could still pray to her and leave her offerings. Imbolc is one of the four fire festivals along with Beltane, Lughanasdh, and Samhain.
One of the ways to celebrate Imbolc is to divine the weather and try to see how far away Spring is. This has led to the modern-day Groundhog Day, trying to divine if the groundhog sees his shadow or not and whether Spring is coming.
This holiday is all about being creative and trying out new things. We use this as an excuse to celebrate and to exchange home-made presents using our creativity to show each other how much we care. I have an AMAZING sister who had Bee over for a playdate yesterday afternoon, Bee came home with a present and a card she made that says Happy Imbolc Mommy, I cannot wait until Tuesday to open it and see what they made!
Some activities you can do as a family to celebrate Imbolc (or Candlemas or groundhog day or Brigid’s day, whatever you want to call it).
- Make a sheep craft.
- Celebrate the coming of Spring by putting a bowl of snow on the altar, as it melts hopefully it will symbolize the snow melting outside and that Spring will soon be here.
- Make candles (in snow, in dirt or roll sheets of beeswax). This holiday is all about fire and making candles is a great way to honor it.
- You can banish winter by burning paper snowflakes (maybe the ones you made at Yule).
- Plan out a vegetable garden in preparation for Spring. Get the kids involved in choosing what vegetables you want to grow.
- Plant the seeds to start seedlings for your garden.
- Leave buttered bread out the night before Imbolc as an offering to the fairies (decorate with sprinkles or coloured sugar).
- Make fire starters to get ready for the summer. I use egg cartons, herbs, dryer lint, and wax.
- Be creative, make crafts and/or learn a new crafting ability.
For your Imbolc Feast incorporate all dairy products (milk, cheese, butter) eggs, seeds, and anything that you associate with the coming of Spring. Me personally, I will use any excuse for a cheese tray so I am hoping to have an epic cheese night on Tuesday along with a a nice family Imbolc feast.
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