Help celebrate the ancient Celtic feast day, Imbolc with Wicklow Naturally as members will mark the beginning of spring from Wednesday, February 1st to Monday, February 6th 2023 with various events and activities including a walking tour, producers market, Brigid’s Day Festival and sunrise yoga while our hospitality members menus will be Brigid-themed.
Imbolc is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. The beginning of Imbolc is the first day of February, and for Christians, it is the feast day of Saint Brigid (Ireland’s patroness saint).
It is believed that the word Imbolc literally means ‘in belly’ – (in the ewe’s belly)– referring to lactating ewes and spring lambing. So, it certainly is an ideal time to celebrate the coming year and the renewal and regrowth that takes place in our farming and food business community.
St. Brigid’s Day was an important Irish festival that honoured fertility, blessings, and protection. Most people are likely aware of the widespread custom of creating crosses in honour of Saint Brigid. People believed St Brigid crossed on the eve of her feast day and gave blessings and protection to homes and farms where crosses were hung in her honour. Her new Bank Holiday on Monday, February 6th, 2023, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Wicklow’s food, drink, and hospitality industries.
Places are limited on tours and selected events. For more information about individual events please visit our event page at https://wicklownaturally.ie/events/. To book a dining experience at any of our members’ eateries, please contact the hotel or restaurant directly. All events are subject to change without notice and may be dependant on weather.
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