Happy Imbolc 2015!
The darkest hour is just before dawn.”
This is what I often heard people say. And indeed it seemed to get very dark outside during the last days of January. Yet, the light is returning.
Today and tomorrow people are celebrating Imbolc, Candlemas and Saint Brigid, Brighid, Brig, Bride, Brídand, Brigantia, Brigindo or Ffraid around the world in Celtic and Christian communities. It is a feast to honour this return of the light and to give thanks for the seeds that are being planted to bring a good harvest. For some it is also the beginning of the Celtic Spring.
In Germany February also was called the Snow Moon in the old days. It seems odd to think of new seeds and snow at the same time… But then again, snow meant, that it was getting warmer after an icy January that was too cold to allow any precipitation. The white cover is warming the young sprouts under the earth as well as the roofs of the houses. The delicate frozen crystals also reflect the light and make everything look much brighter.
As I am writing this, a week before Imbolc, it is cold, dark and rainy, outside. But they predicted snow towards the end of the week. So, maybe it will be a bright and snowy celebration, at last. And finally, we always have the choice to brighten the day by shining our own light into the world.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
What are you celebrating at this time of the year? Is it Winter or Summer where you live? Do you know traditions that are celebrated by your people in February?