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Imbolc
Also calledLá Fhéile Bríde (Irish)
Là Fhèill Brìghde (Scottish Gaelic)
Laa'l Breeshey (Manx Gaelic)
Observed byHistorically: Gaels
Today: Irish people, Scottish people, Manx people, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans
TypeCultural,
Pagan (Celtic polytheism, Celtic Neopaganism, Wicca)
Significancebeginning of spring
Date1 February
(or 1 August for Neopagans in the S. Hemisphere)
Celebrationsfeasting, making Brigid's crosses and Brídeógs, visiting holy wells, divination, spring cleaning
Related toGŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau, Candlemas, Groundhog Day

Imbolc is a festival belonging to Brigid, the Celtic goddess who, in later times, became famous as a Christian saint. At first, her festival on February 1 was known as "Imbolc" or "Oimelc", two Gaelic names which refer to the lactation of the ewes. Lactation is the flow of milk that happens when the baby lambs are born in the spring, and Gaelic languages are those spoken in countries like Ireland and Scotlandview more...