Cross quarter day, astrologically celebrated at Sun 15 degrees Aquarius.
Imbolc (in the belly)
Oimelc (ewe’s milk)
Briantia, Brigid’s day (Celtic goddess of fire; Britain is derived from her name)
Candlemas (Christianized version)
Lupercalia, Feast of Pan, Feast of Torches, Snowdrop festival are other names given to this celebration.
This festival celebrates the light of the Sun returning in the northern hemisphere, while in the southern hemisphere Lughnasadh is celebrated as the sun’s light begins to lessen.
Imbolc is a celebration of the goddess, the return of life with spring. This is a festival of light, fertility, pregnancy, lactation and birth. Brigid is goddess of the fire and forge, healing, midwifery, smithcraft and poetry as well.
Traditions are to light fire, celebrate the crones passage into the maiden. This is a festival of women and their mysteries as well as celebrating strong bonds of sisterhood.
Often crosses are crafted from wheat, they symbolize the sacred round, the wheel of the year.
I also celebrated with fire. I spent the afternoon/evening relaxing in front of mine and even did a bit of pyromancy.
My fire held a dwarf, which pleased me greatly.