The 1st of February celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring. It is also the feast day of Ireland’s female patron saint, the patron saint of Co Kildare and one of the three patron saints of Ireland St Brigid.
St Brigid’s day, which in the Irish Language is called Lá Fhéile Bhríde is still traditionally celebrated by the making of a Saint Brigid’s Cross. These crosses are made by weaving rushes together, and are believed to protect your home in the year ahead. Making a St. Brigid’s cross is one of the traditional rituals in Ireland to celebrate the beginning of early spring, 1st February. These crosses are then hung by the door and are said to protect that household from fire and evil. According to tradition a new cross is made each St Brigid’s Day, and the old one is burned to keep fire from the house.
If you would like to learn how to make a St Bridgid’s Cross check out the video above.
Happy Spring everyone!