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St Brigid’s Day
Friday, February 2, 2024
St Brigid’s Day was an important Irish festival in folk tradition, celebrating fertility, blessings, and protection
St. Brigid’s Day – Lá Fhéile Bríde – celebrates Ireland’s only female patron saint on February 1/2 and most people will be familiar with the popular tradition of making crosses in St Brigid’s honor.
Did you know the feast day of this 5th-century saint was one of the most important days of the year for our rural ancestors?
With its origins in the Celtic festival of Imbolc, St Brigid’s Day was the festival of fertility and marked the beginning of spring in Ireland. It signaled an end to the darkness of winter and ushered in a new season of hope and growth.
As such, people celebrated the day with a festive meal and a host of customs, all aimed at securing St Brigid’s protection and promise of new life and abundance for the year ahead.
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