There are many alternative names to Imbolc (Feb 1st). These include Imbolg, Candlemas, St Bride’s Day, Brighid’s Day or Saint Brighid’s Day, Festival of Light, etc. Some see this as the start of the return of the longest day, especially as the ewes start producing milk prior to lambing. However, nature does not work to such a strict time scale and lambs are born 147 days after mating. Some take the blooming of Blackthorn as an indicator of Imbolc, but again this can happen at different times through the UK. One thing that is obvious at this time and that is the days are getting noticeably longer.
December 28, 2013