What is Imbolc? Ways to celebrate Imbolc?

So what is Imbolc the celebration of? How do you celebrate Imbolc? 

In this article we will cover a brief history of Imbolc and some great and easy ways to celebrate Imbolc.

This year Imbolc falls on 2nd February. It is sometimes called Ground Hog Day, Candlemas or Brigid’s Day. Brigid is the goddess of the sun, fire and hearth which is why Imbolc is on of the fire festivals (Beltane and Samhain are the other fire festivals). She also brings fertility to the land and is also associated with midwives.

So how can we celebrate Imbolc?

Decorations

There are many things you can do to celebrate Imbolc and mark the coming of spring. And lets face it, we could all use some sun after all that winter gloom. For example if you want to celebrate spiritually you could decorate your alter with snowdrops, acorns or sheep. you could also make a Brigid’s Cross, there are many step by step instructions on the internet and they are actually very simple to make. You could get the kiddo’s to try too using pipe cleaners or straws. White and green candles are also a great addition.

Take a bath…

Why not try a ritual bath, use lots of candles, add some powdered milk and orange peel and a few drops of essential oils to your bath water. Some essential oils that are associated with Imbolc include, cinnamon, cedar wood, lavender, lemon, rosemary, jasmine and rose. As you lay back in the bath think of all the new things you want to do and try in the coming months and all the old stuff (physical and emotional) that you want to get rid of.

Snow!!

Burn paper snowflakes (if you made any at yule they would be ideal) to signify warmer weather coming or place a bowl of snow (if you’ve had any, I use ice from the freezer because it’s usually raining here lol) on your alter to symbolise spring thawing out the ground.

Get the kids involved!…

Its a great time to involve the kids too, and a perfect opportunity to explain why we celebrate Imbolc. You could plan a vegetable garden with them and then plant some seeds in readiness. Or even let them choose some flower seeds to plant in their very own pot. How about candle making? If the children involved are very young you could do beeswax candles from a kit which doesn’t involve hot wax. Making sheep is lots of fun all you need is cardboard, toilet roll tubes, cotton wool and glue. Let them go to town on them.

Lastly but no means least is a Pagan’s favourite part of any Sabbat… The feasting! 

Bread is always good, make your own (a packet mix is very easy and perfectly acceptable) and add some seeds and honey. I like to add a drizzle of honey over the top and the seeds before cooking. You could also plait it.

Anything dairy is included in this Sabbat such as various cheeses and cream. Eggs are also good as they symbolise fertility. Quiche, scrambled egg, scotch eggs and so on.

And what is a feast without cake!! Honey cake and seed cake are both great for this Sabbat. Recipes can be found online.

Whatever you choose to do make it fun and enjoy yourself! Be creative and if it feels right to you, It is right!

xx Happy Imbolc Everyone! xx

from Stormy and Raven xx

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