Imbolc, also called Candlemas, is a holiday usually translated as ‘ewe’s milk’ or ‘in the belly,’ and was celebrated about the time that sheep began lambing. It is usually considered sacred to Brighid, and there are many traditions related to the goddess that are associated with the holiday: the creation of Brighid dolls, a procession of the doll through the community, the making of sun-wheels (Brighid’s cross) to secure Her blessing and protection, leaving out food for Brighid and Her kine (offerings of dairy and bread are considered especially appropriate), and leaving out spans of cloth overnight in the dew to be blessed upon her passing. The larger sense of this holiday is one of purification and preparation. Some people bless their candles and their seeds on this day.
Imbolc [Dedicant Path Requirement]