February 1st in Ireland marks Lá Fhéile Bríde or St. Brigid’s Day. Saint Brigid is one of Ireland’s patron saints. Her feast day, which was originally a pagan festival called Imbolc, marks the beginning of spring. Celebrate the arrival of longer evenings, milder weather (fingers crossed!) and a new season at one of the following great events.
Brigit’s Weekend Celebration
Brigit’s Garden in Co Galway is always a wonderful place to visit. Nature’s beauty, the passing seasons and our Celtic heritage are celebrated throughout the year. But for the first weekend in February there is a very special Imbolc celebration that welcomes spring and the coming of Brigit. Try a family-friendly Brigit’s Cross-making workshop. Or partake in a Imbolc/Brigit’s Day Seasonal Walk or some guided meditation. Find out more here.
Culture, tradition, heritage and craic are all on the menu in Killorglin on Saturday 2nd February. The Biddy’s Day celebration features talks, workshops and even a fire parade through the town. Check out the details here.
Imbolc Festival at Hook Lighthouse
As well as our national patron saint, Brigid was also the patron saint of boatmen, sailors and mariners. So what better place to celebrate her feast day than the spectacular Hook Lighthouse. There will be family friendly events, concerts, food experiences, exhibitions and lots more. Visit hookheritage.ie for more information.
Power, Prayer And Patterns – Life In Medieval Ireland
To celebrate St. Brigid’s day in the capital, take a tour of the National History Museum of Ireland – Archaeology Medieval Ireland exhibition. With a special emphasis on archaeological evidence from the lives of women this is one not to be missed. Check out more information here.
Feile Bride 2019: Brigid: Flame of Justice and Peace
There is a fantastic variety of events happening in Kildare to mark Féile Bríde. Take part in a family friendly St. Brigid’s Treasure Trail. Or maybe you could try some sacred dancing? From concerts to poetry, walks to workshops, there is something on the programme for everyone. Find out more here.
Ritual Celebration Of Imbolc
Near the birthplace of St Brigid in Faughart, a ritual celebration of Imbolc takes place on Sunday 3rd February. Find out more here
Make A St Brigid’s Cross
Learn more about the history, customs and traditions around St. Brigid’s Day and make your very own St. Brigid’s Cross in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar. Find out more about this family-friendly eventhere.
And if you can’t make it to Castlebar, here’s a great tutorial on making your own. You get to relive those national school days.