❄️️ Imbolc 🌷
(pronounced ee-molc, also called Candlemas)
What Is Imbolc?
Imbolc is celebrated roughly when winter begins to turn to spring. Traditionally it also marked the successful survival of the harsh winter months and the beginning of the agricultural season. The returning sun is welcomed and the Celtic goddess Brigid is honored.
Traditional Lore/Activities 🕯️
- Each candle within a household should be lit, if only for a moment, to honor the sun’s return.
- If there is still snow on the ground one should draw an image of the sun in it.
Foods Associated with Imbolc 🥐
- Sour cream and other dairy dishes.
- Spicy foods.
- Spiced wine.
- Foods containing peppers, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, and chives.
Modern Activities 🎨
- Lamb Stew - from @liberumbrarum
- Sour Cream and Honey Cake - from @liberumbrarum
- Imbolc Ritual Cake - from @phynxrizng
- Milk Tea for Imbolc - from @queerkitchenwitch
- Bread and Butter Pudding - from @althara
- Imbolc Desserts - from @phynxrizng
- Candle making.
- Weave traditional Brigid’s Crosses.
- Plan what herbs/flowers you want to grow during the upcoming spring and summer.
- Burn your Yule greens to help winter on its way.
Colors and Altar Decor 🌸
- Green Candles
- Brigid’s Crosses
- Potted Bulbs
- An Anvil or Hammer