Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Imbolc and how we celebrated

imbolc is about the returning sun, the increasing of light!. Its also about the earths first stirrings, the earth awakening , its the snowdrops and the crocus pushing through the earth into the light.

willow (my little person, she is 3 ) and i went on a few walks, woodlands parks and other green spaces to see if we could find the snowdrops to see the earth changing.
To let her feel it for herself
we would then do pictures when we returned home.

Another craft idea to celebrate imbolc was to make a "candle crown". These were originally a wreath with real candles of light within them. For safety reasons we made our crown with pretend handmade candles! we made a yellow strip of paper and measured willows head, we then made some long strips and decorated them in yellow/golds and reds and made them look like lit candles. We then wore our crowns when we had our meal!

You can also make a "circle of light" with candles made from the cardboard in the loo rolls, decorated to look like candles!

To celebrate the sun , we did paperplate suns, painted yellow and decorated, then we added willows hand prints to the outside to form the suns rays!

The pre school willow attends were very interested and asked how they could celebrate with the children, so they too did sun plates and a huge sun between them , which will hang up in the preschool!

For older children there is a Brigit doll and a bridie cross to hang on the door!
The above link also gives a recipe for imbolc cake!. a brilliant idea to do with children.....anything with seeds in is fine as this represents new growth!

Make a bird feed hanger to feed the birds at this cold time


Imbolc (pronounced 'im'olk' also known as Oimelc) comes from an Irish word that was originally thought to mean 'in the belly' although many people translate it as 'ewe's milk' (oi-melc).

Imbolc was one of the cornerstones of the Celtic calendar. For them the success of the new farming season was of great importance. As winter stores of food were getting low Imbolc rituals were performed to harness divine energy that would ensure a steady supply of food until the harvest six months later.

 Imbolc celebrations centre around the lighting of fires. Fire was perhaps more important for this festival than others as it was also the holy day of Brigid (also known as Bride, Brigit, Brid), the Goddess of fire, healing and fertility. The lighting of fires celebrated the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.

 Rituals and activities might include the making of candles, planting spring flowers, reading poetry and telling stories.


welcome to sharing ideas and sharing fun, i wanted to start this blog to share with others how we celebrate the wheel of the year with our daughter and hopefully gain insights how other parents celebrate with their little ones!