Holidays & Observances: Imbolc

For all the posts in this Holidays & Observances series, go here.

Prologue: I have been meaning to write a series about Holidays and Observances that we (my family and friends) follow in both India (my birth country) and USA (my adopted country). This series is dedicated to those. On a side note, perhaps I might witness some of the celebrations from other countries as well that may get their way into this series. 🙂

Imbolc is a traditional Gaelic Festival also called as Saint Brigid’s Day. It occurs halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox and marks the beginning of Spring. It began on Feb 1st and ended on Feb 2nd this year, 2023. The festival signifies the pregnancy in ewes (sheep) or aka lambing season. It also means ritual cleansing or cleansing yourself not just for your body but for your soul and spirit too.

I don’t know exactly how Imbolc is celebrated, but I got an opportunity to attend this year, a celebration hosted by one of the circles here in Connecticut. The host was very generous and welcoming. Since Light and Fire are of importance on this day, we all meditated gazing into the light of the beautiful candle gifted to each of us. It was a meeting of like minded people, sharing and talking, all the while celebrating the light and fire and looking forward to Spring.

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