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Similar practices were carried out at St. Symbols of fertility, rebirth and femininity resonate through Brigid, and with spring come the gifts of propagation, renewal and growth. There is a promise in the air: soil is yet to be tilled and our young yet to be born, but the harsh rigours of winter are passing away.

Brigits Head Stone in Kilranelagh. Very interesting article thanks. Love the photo of the cloth being left on the window sill. Wicklow and I only know and have visited one near the Sugarloaf on a side road. Super article! Really enjoyed it.

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About Us. In some areas, especially in parishes dedicated to the saint, only work that was strictly necessary was carried out and in some areas of Kerry and west Cork any kind of work that involved the turning of wheels was avoided. In other regions both ploughing and smithwork fell under this ban.

They would disguise themselves in old clothes or in their own clothes turned inside out. They would mask their face with pieces of cloth or curtains, sometimes using straw or rush hats to keep the veils on. The person recounting this tale mentions that in this case a turnip was carved and painted with soot. The groups of young people were divided into two groups by age: and A rhyme of some description was said as the door was answered.

This again varied to some degree by district but was fundamentally the same. In Leckanvy, Co. Mayo the rhyme went as follows:. These were and still are traditionally made from either reeds or straw. These were prepared on the eve of the feast in a highly ritualised manner. Depending on the region these vary in complexity. The simplest resembling the characteristic four armed Brigids cross some 3 legged varieties are to be found in the north and the more complex containing up to 30 lozenges, crosspieces or lattices. At nightfall a member of the family would go outside and call to the people in the house to let Brigid in.

They all shout a welcome while on their knees and this is repeated 3 times. The family then made crosses from the rushes and the following day holy water was sprinkled on them. The crosses are thought to protect against lightning, fire and protect animals from diseases NFSC,Vol. F Paterson recorded that in in Armagh that the custom of making crosses was dying out. He also mentions that the reeds for the crosses were to be pulled and on no account cut. A sheaf of oats or cake was thrown at the door to vanquish hunger but a second was left outside for the saint or a hungry traveller.

An abundance of butter and milk could be found on the table Cathasaigh, In times gone by there were no ceilings inside the houses so it was common to attach the crosses to the inner side of the thatch with new ones being added year after year. When they could be no longer preserved they should under no circumstances be thrown away. They were to be either buried to bestow a blessing on the crops or burned in the fire.

Giving them as gifts was said to put a blessing on the maker and their welfare was increased by the gift of bestowal and friendships would be strengthened in the donor and recipient Paterson, One of the earliest references to the cross is from a poem from that illustrates the power that the crosses were said to have.

The poem goes as follows:. This belief in the protection against fire, and also lightning, still persists today. It was also believe that they had the ability to ward off disease and that evil spirits were unable to enter the house while they were hung over the door. In some districts rushlights were made from the excess and lit in honour of the saint while in parts of Antrim a tradition was recorded where the excess rushes were fashioned into a ring and hung on the spinning wheel to bring a blessing on its work for the coming year Danaher, No one should go outside after dark and as well as making crosses people tie wreaths around their head to prevent headaches for the year.

They kneel and pray while asking her to come in. This practice involves leaving a piece of. My sister returned from a recent visit to Ireland, and sent me a surprise. Thank YOU! Dear Katie — How wonderful your sister picked a St. May St.

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Brigid bless you and watch over you, now and always. Thanks so much for visiting my website. I give a St. I love my Patron Saint and my name. People more often say to me that I spell my name wrong or oh, B-r-i-g-i-d what an odd spelling. What a lovely tradition, Brigid. Thanks so much for checking out my website. I am so happy to know that people still celebrate the ancient ways.

Yes, you are accurate in stating that her cross has Pagan origins. It really has nothing to do with Christian traditions.

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As Christianity began assimilating Celtic holidays and traditions as a means of converting Celts to Christianity, this myth, most likely originating from the reigning pope at the time, was used to expedite the process. Similarly, the myth of St.

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Patrick and the three leaf clover as a means he used to explain the trinity to Pagans in Ireland. Myths are quite common in every religion and spirituality, even Druidism. They do serve many purposes and have been used for centuries. Hi Druid — thanks for adding such interesting facts to this little discussion about St. Stories of this favorite daughter of Ireland are definitely a mixture of loose facts, peppered with myths and legends.

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They dress up in straw costumes and go from house to house with a statue of St. They sing and dance and perform at each stop along the way. Best wishes and thanks for stopping by. Druid: thank you for your entry.

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We had a speaker at our church today who spoke about Sts. Brendan, Patrick and Brigid. I know nothing of my heritages. I attended the discussion out of curiosity.