This year we will celebrate Brigid, daughter of Dagda on Saturday 28th of January. We host an open and free ceremony for Imbolg at 1:30pm followed by our traditional Brigid's Cross making afternoon. Special designs such as three legged and spinning weave will be demonstrated and taught by Ard Druí Red John.
The ceremony and workshop will be held in the comfort of the Hemp Hall. Places are limited so forward booking is important to secure your place - contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Some people are unsure about variations on the 4 legged version so we took some pictures in the Armagh Museum and the Ballina Festival to show the wide variations that exist.
The crosses above with the blue background are on a display board seen at the Ballina Salmon Festival - they are copies of the Brigid's Crosses on display at the National Museum for Country Living in Co Mayo. The crosses below (cream background) are on show in the Armagh Museum in Co Armagh, Ireland.
The white table cloth below shows what we made here at the Celtic Druid Temple last year.
Attending our ceremony for Imbolg at 1:30pm followed by our traditional Brigid's Cross making afternoon is open and free of charge - but as places are limited = you must make prior contact at email@example.com
Saturday January 30th. Noon-5pm
Free- Members Only Event
Celtic Druid Temple, Roscommon
We will have ceremony at noon in the Round House, then we will retire to the main Hemp Hall and make our new Brigid's crosses from rushes collected on our land.
This is a family friendly event.
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Imbolg means “in the bag” but is understood as “in the belly” and refers to the coming of milk and the sheep carrying lambs. It is also the availability of lamb meat during the cold season. Many celebrate Imbolg today without awareness to its significance in the past because they are disconnected. Today, our refrigerators protect us and a multitude of shops are open 24/7... But just imagine that there are no shops and its windy, dark, wet and cold and the only foods you have are the seeds for the next years crop / harvest and all the time you know that there are a multitude of young lambs “in the belly” and the importance of this cross-quarter day become real.
Imbolg is also called Imbolc, Oimelc, Candlemas, Feast of Lights, Groundhog Day (in USA) and Brigit's Day and this is so because the original connection to the daughter of the Dagda (Bríd) was displaced by succeeding religions that today honour St Brigid.
On Saturday Jan 31st I'll have the fire on in the Roundhouse, the tea made and it will be time to sit down together and make a selection of Brigid's Crosses.
2pm- 4pm here at Celtic Druid Temple. This is a free event for members only.
I'll have the rushes gathered, all you have to do, is turn up at 2pm dressed in warm layers, bring some scones or cake to share and be willing to have the craic!
This is a family event, children of all ages are more than welcome so long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. No pets please in respect for the animals already living here.
Our Slí an Druí Journal Imbolg 2014 edition is now available to subscribed members. You can get your Annual Membership by a suggested minimum donation of E10 which supports the Development Project and the Scholarship Program and our Slí an Druí Journal Here
Slí an Druí Journal Imbolg 2014 (excerpts only)
Welcome to edition eight of the Slí an Druí Journal. Our ancestors saw Imbolg as the time between winter and spring when new life was all around. Imbolg means 'in the bag' and from this we can see pregnant sheep (lamb in the bag/womb), grain stored in waxed leather bags for planting when the Earth warms up enough, buds on trees beginning to swell and an overall shift from hibernation to preparation for growth. This is the time of the Goddess Brigid, who is still honoured today (albeit as a catholic saint) with schoolchildren making straw or rush crosses.
Imbolg 2014 Report
I celebrated Imbolg on Thursday 3oth of January in the Hemp Hall on my own. For me this is the exact time ..........................................................................................................
Niamh and Con are founding members of Celtic Druid Temple and walk the path of Celtic Druids in Roscommon, Eire.