Happy Imblog!

I’m learning a lot about the old Celtic traditions and folklore from my trusty cookbook, Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala.  Today is Imblog, the old festival marking the reawakening of the earth. It is seen as a celebration of new life, new hope and coming fertility. The coldest parts of winter have passed (although it’s not looking that way for us in the States right now…) and it is a time to begin looking towards the bounty of spring. Milk, cheese, and dairy products are the sacred foods eaten during Imblog.

St. Bridget

This Sabbat is sacred to Brigit (also known as Brigid, Bridget or Bride), a Goddess of many things, who is closely associated with agriculture and livestock. Folklore has it that Brigit’s snake emerges from Mother Earth’s womb on this day to test the weather, and many believe that Groundhog’s Day was derived from this legend.

It’s time to start afresh, let bygones be bygones, and follow the old Irish saying, “A quarrel is like buttermilk, the more you shake it, the more sour it grows.” Go eat some Scotch Eggs or perhaps some Junkett and look forward to better days ahead :)

The cocks crow but the hens deliver the goods.~ Scottish proverb

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5 comments on “Happy Imblog!

  1. Bridget says:

    Love this post!! Not only because it’s my name, but because I love the idea of turning the page to a new chapter and letting the last chapter settle into the past where it belongs! Today is looking even brighter! :)

  2. Karen Henry says:

    Thanks, I needed very much to hear that particular sentiment today! :-)

    Karen

  3. Angela says:

    Awe! A celebration of new life! I’m ready–hope to have news soon.

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