>Happy Spring!

>Hard to believe, in what feels here like mid-winter, but this is the old Celtic holiday Imbolc, the traditional first day of spring. It’s also St. Brigid’s Day (The Irish St. Brigid being a reinvention of the Celtic goddess Brigid, or Brigantia*, who represented many things having to do with height — highlands, higher learning, craftsmanship, poetry high-reaching fires, etc.)
Even though it’s still hardly springlike, the sun is indeed clearing the southern mountain range just a little bit earlier (and a little bit further east) every morning, and the afternoons are a wee bit longer. For me, the most interesting thing about the day being a holiday is its being a “cross-quarter day”, falling half-way between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. That means winter is all downhill from here.

And so I’m going to plant seeds in pots indoors, both as a symbolic tip of the hat to the slow seasonal shift, and because it seems like as good a time as any to get tomato plants started. By the time the Eisheiligen pass through, they will be a nice size to set outside (assuming I ever get my terrace back!)

* The Austrian town of Bregenz, on Lake Constance, was originally Brigantion, a Celtic fortified town.

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4 Responses to >Happy Spring!

  1. Anonymous says:

    >And tomorrow is Groundhog Day, which is also linked if I'm not mistaken. Spring seems far far away, though, here in New Siberia.-Carlisle

  2. Marcellina says:

    >Ja!: "Imbolc is the day the Cailleach — the hag of Gaelic tradition — gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she intends to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people are generally relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over." (Wikipedia)But I must add here that the Alpine regions are chock full of "See x, or if y does this, there will be longer winter" sayings.

  3. Paschberg says:

    >It is spring! as stated in the comment before: Tomorrow Groundhog-day or Lichtmess 🙂

  4. Marcellina says:

    >Lichtmess! (Candelmas) It's all related, no?But for the record, Groundhog Day is just the stupidest holiday on earth. It's like Fasching, with a groundhog.

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