Sunday, 1 February 2015

Welcoming First Day of Spring

In County Kerry there is a tradition that dates back thousands of years, for in Ireland

the 1st of February is recognised as the first day of Spring, even though the weather is

cold and the temperatures are very low.





Then there is the tradition of making the Brigid's crosses, where the man of the house cuts 

the reeds in late January, stores them in a cool place and then presents to the women to 

on the day to make the crosses.


© Jane Brideson
A cold back aching job stood in a water laden pasture cutting reeds.




© Séan Gilmartin
 Women gather to sit in a warm room to make the crosses.



© Séan Gilmartin
There are many different designs, some are four armed, others three armed
and this one is the plaited cross of Donegal.

9 comments:

  1. Remember it well - a great day!

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    1. I think my back has just about recovered !

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  2. I love this tradition. wish spring would come here that soon!!!

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    1. I appreciate what you say Gwen,for real Spring though has still yet to arrive.

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  3. looks like a busy and wonderful time...happy Imbolc and may spring come soon.
    Margaret xx

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    1. Nature works at her own speed Margaret.

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    2. Imbolc blessings to you and yours.

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    3. Many happy returns to you and your family.

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  4. This seems to be a wonderful affirming tradition. I wish the early February in Canada felt like the first of Spring. We have four feet of snow and another foot and a half coming tonight and tomorrow. it will be a long time before we see any Spring begin here. Just the same Imbolc blessings to you.

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