Today’s Imbolc Festival

Today’s Imbolc Festival

IMBOLC celebration Cadamstown 1pm today

Imbolc (or Imbolg) is February 1-2. It is a cross-quarter day meaning that it falls midway between a solstice and an equinox. It marks the beginning of the beginning of the return of Spring, which officially establishes itself at Ostara (Spring Equinox).

Susie Imbolc Festival Goat 2016 at the Bracket Stones on Spink Hill in The Slieve Bloom Mountains

In the old Celtic year, it was the time when grass began to grow and the ewes began to lamb. There was again milk not only for the lambs but for the table. Many who make a special altar for Imbolc include a small pitcher of milk to illustrate this marker.

Declan O’ Farrell with Susie’s Kid Goats

In Gaelic the word imbolg means “in the belly” and references the pregnancy of the ewes and other animals who bear their babies in the spring. Life begins anew.

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Slieve Bloom Association