2nd February is one of the Celtic fire festivals and indicates a change in season when we see the first appearance of spring. For those who are in Scotland right now experiencing current conditions, this may seem unlikely, but I’d like to draw your attention to the snowdrops that are appearing everywhere, a true sign that spring is on its way !
It is traditional upon Imbolc, to light every lamp in the house at sunset – if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honour of the Sun’s rebirth. Alternatively, light a kerosene lamp with a red chimney and place this in a prominent part of the home or in a window.
For those who wish to know more about Imbolc (pronounced EE-molc), please go to the following website The White Goddess.
If you are interested in the Celtic fire festivals and want to see Scottish celebrations of Beltane or Samhuinn, we can highly recommend the ones that happen in Edinburgh. One of our guides, Seth Ewin, has been involved as a performer in past years – hopefully we will see him perform at it again. Here is a link to the society that organises it – Beltane Fire Society.