All the participants with their crosses after the workshop

All the participants with their crosses after the workshop

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Last Sunday we celebrated Saint Brigid’s Day with a celebration at Ballinaglera Community Hall. It was a celebration with a difference – participants from England, Germany, Romania, Ukraine and Galicia (Spain), who had never learned about Saint Brigid or knew her traditions, joined local people for the afternoon. We all learned more about Brigid, originally a Celtic Fire Goddess but after Saint Patrick, venerated as Saint Brigid, as well as some traditions connected with her and her day.

Everyone learned how to make the Saint Brigid crosses to hang over the doors of the houses (and the cowsheds!) for protection. Brideógs were made with rushes and decorated cloth. The final task was the making of the Crios Bríde, a wide circle made from hay, that everyone stepped through to the rhythm of a chant. The celebration finished with the traditional Saint Brigid feast, with contributions by all.

All the participants kept their crosses with their hopes for the year woven into them. Next year they will make new ones and burn the old to mark the passing of another Celtic year.

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