Here in Ireland, the 1st of February is celebrated as Saint Brigid’s Day and is seen by many, perhaps optimistically, as the first day of spring!
It was great to see the children leave school today clutching their Saint Brigid’s Crosses. We made some more at home.
Rushes are weaved together to form a simple cross. There are a number of different designs. This is the one I have known since I was a school girl.
You can learn more about St Brigid traditions here.
Today in Ireland we celebrate St. Brigid’s day. It is also seen as the first day of spring on the Celtic calendar – not that it feels like it outside. Still there is a stretch to the evenings now, and the first crocuses, snowdrops and primroses are showing. Each morning, as we walk to the school-bus stop the birds are cheering us with their songs. January is gone and we have something to look forward too. My fingers are starting to itch to get into the greenhouse and see what’s growing.
Today the first of February is St Brigid’s day in Ireland. It is also seen by many here as the first day of Spring. With Storm Henry blowing outside it still feels a bit like winter! But there is a definite change in the light, which is always nice.
One of the lovely traditions of this day is the making of St Brigid’s crosses. Agoyvaerts has a lovely tutorial on her blog which is well worth a look. This is one I made last year.
We’ll be making some “modern” ones later with our local ladybirds group (like girls scouts for 5-7 year olds) using fuzzy pipe-cleaners in bright colours. The pipe-cleaners are a little easier for little hands.
So wishing you all a happy St Brigid’s day and a Happy Spring!!