How to celebrate Imbolc, also known as Groundhog Day

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!

How to celebrate Imbolc, also known as Groundhog Day - Imbolc or Candelmas or Groundhog day is a great way to celebrate the ending of winter and hopefully Spring returning soon. Here are some great ways to celebrate.

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.

How to celebrate Imbolc, also known as Groundhog Day - Imbolc or Candelmas or Groundhog day is a great way to celebrate the ending of winter and hopefully Spring returning soon. Here are some great ways to celebrate.

What do you do to celebrate this holiday?  Do you make crafts or feast?  Anyone go to see the groundhog’s shadow?  Please share in the comments below.

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      Hil says:

      Ha ha me too! It was a really useful strap to help my purse not get stolen lol! I bet my daughter picked out the princess ribbon though.

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    Liv says:

    We just follow the news reports to see what the groundhog did. I had no idea that there were other celebrations today. Thanks for enlightening me!

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc. says:

    A cheese tray sounds like a great way to celebrate Groundhog Day! I always forget about it until I hear whether or not he saw his shadow. 🙂 Although, I usually don’t mind if we have six more weeks of winter… especially this year, since it hasn’t been that bad!

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      Hil says:

      yes please! We are expecting a big storm tomorrow, here’s to an early spring and no more dealing with snow suits and car seats!

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    Cori says:

    I like this festival a lot more than relying on a rodent with a shadow complex to determine the weather pattern. It never made sense to me: sees his shadow = 6 more weeks of winter; doesn’t see shadow = spring is coming soon.

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    Alicia Owen says:

    I hadn’t realized even Groundhog’s Day came from a Pagan holiday. Crazy! This is the first year we’re celebrating Imbolc, truth be told. We’re planning on making a Brigid Star at the very least. 🙂
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