What do pagans do for imbolc?

What do pagans do for imbolc?

To celebrate Imbolc, some modern day pagans focus on celebrating Brigid. They do this by setting up an altar with the symbols of Brigid, like a corn husk doll, white flowers, a bowl of milk, and candles. If there is a group gathering, they might cast a circle, and recite a prayer to receive a blessing from Brigid.

How did the Celts welcome the souls of the dead into their homes?

The dead were also honoured at Samhain. The beginning of winter may have been seen as the most fitting time to do so, as it was a time of ‘dying’ in nature. The souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Places were set at the dinner table and by the fire to welcome them.

Is Lupercalia pagan?

Lupercalia was an ancient pagan festival held each year in Rome on February 15. Unlike Valentine’s Day, however, Lupercalia was a bloody, violent and sexually-charged celebration awash with animal sacrifice, random matchmaking and coupling in the hopes of warding off evil spirits and infertility.

What are the traditions of Imbolc?


Imbolc / St Brigid’s Day
Type Cultural, Christian, Pagan (Celtic polytheism, Celtic neopaganism, Wicca)
Significance beginning of spring, feast day of Saint Brigid
Celebrations feasting, making Brigid’s crosses and Brídeógs, visiting holy wells, divination, spring cleaning

How do I mark imbolc?

How Do We Celebrate Imbolc Today?

  1. Plant seeds.
  2. Make Brigid dollies or Brigid crosses to protect the home.
  3. Bake oatcakes and leave milk outside for Brigid on Imbolc eve.
  4. Decorate your altar with colors and symbols related to Imbolc.

How do you celebrate Imbolc for kids?

You can start by setting up a family altar for Imbolc. Include the colors of the season – white for a blanket of snow, red for the rising sun, and green for the goddess Brigid. Add a few potted seedlings, since Imbolc is a harbinger of the spring to come. Even very young children can help plant seedlings in pots.

What is the old name for Halloween?

All-Hallows Eve
The All Saints’ Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

What should I do on Imbolc?

Imbolc is a time of magical energy related to the feminine aspect of the goddess, of new beginnings, and of fire. It’s also a good time to focus on divination and increasing your own magical gifts and abilities. Take advantage of these concepts, and plan your workings accordingly.