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Celtic Feast of Imbolc

Feb 1 is the Celtic Feast of Imbolc.  This was celebrated as the beginning of spring and fires were lit in the homes and on the hillside. Cailleach, the hag of winter, would be taken over by Bridget.  If this day was bright and sunny, Cailleach would be seen gathering firewood for a longer winter to come.  If she slept through and did not gather wood, this would mean that spring was coming.  The Celts also watched for burrowing animals to emerge from their holes, signaling fair weather.

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