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Feb 16

And in other news...

Happy Imbolc

Or, if you prefer, a blessed St. Brigid's Day.

Or to put it a couple of other ways, Happy:
Lá Fhéile Bríde (Irish)
Là Fhèill Brìghde (Scottish Gaelic)
Laa'l Breeshey (Manx Gaelic)

Observed since neolithic times, we think, by the Celts of Norther Europe on the point halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox (Usually February 1 or 2), Imbolc (EM-bowlk) is one of four seasonal festivals (the others being Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain). Later it was Christianized by making the Celtic goddess Brigid into a Saint (although the official story is that Saint Brigid was a Nun who just happened to have all the same attributes as the goddess). Observance of the Saint's day has waned in the last 50 to 100 years. Today the most likely celebrants of Imbolc are neo-pagans, who I wrote about one year ago.

Traditionally this marks the day of spring cleaning, of getting out the old to make way for the new. It is also a day for weather divination, just ask Punxsutawney Phil or your local equivalent.

So, if you need to clean out your life to get ready for something new, or if you are like me and keeping an eye on the weather, today is a good day for it.

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