Oiche Fhéile Bhríde: The Eve of St. Brighid’s Feast

Saint Brigid's Cross : © CC- 2008 Culnacreann

Tonight is perhaps one of the most celebrated in Ireland.  No, there won't be any mad parties or green beer.  Not even wild heathen drumming on the High Places.  Instead, this evening is about family, purification, and continuity of ancient practices.You see, tonight is the eve of St. Brighid’s Feast--the eve of Imbolc--and it’s a big deal.  The indigenous Irish marked the beginning of their festivals at sundown, and deemed that dark time especially potent.  [Consider how this thinking im … [Read more...]