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An ancient Celtic feast, usually held on February 1, marked by acts of divination and rites of purification.

[Old Irish : imm, imb-, about, mutually; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + perhaps bolg, bag, sack (a bag symbolizing plenty perhaps having played a role in the festival); see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈɪmbəlk; ˈɪmbəʊlk; ˈɪmməlk) or


(Other Non-Christian Religions) an ancient Celtic festival associated with the goddess Brigit, held on Feb 1 or 2 to mark the beginning of spring. It is also celebrated by modern pagans
[C15: from Old Irish oimelc ewe's milk]
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Brigid's feast day is on what has been traditionally recognized by the Irish as the first day of spring, and in the pre-Christian era it was the feast of Imbolg, a goddess who heralded the arrival of spring.
The ancient Celtic festival of Imbolg was celebrated when local sheep started to lactate.
This is a very powerful time of year as the Nature Festival of Imbolg (Candlemas) is celebrated on Thursday, February 2, the day dedicated to Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of healing, fire, inspiration, childbirth, poetry, arts and crafts.
IMBOLG or Imbolc, celebrated on Wednesday, February 2, is also known as Oimelc, means "ewe's milk" and refers to the pregnant sheep coming into milk at this time of year.