Other Notable Dates and Festivals
An on-going project for Anne Newman who shares these contributions describing traditions from Ireland and around the world that add value to our local Tara Celebrations seasonal experiences.
14th February - St. Valentine's Day
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentines didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.
11th February - Feast of St. Gobnait
A saint of bees, nine deer and a healing ribbon
4th February - Imbolc
The promises of the return of the light and the renewal of life which were made at the Winter Solstice are now becoming manifest.
3rd February - Feast of St Blaise.
The day to head to church to have your throat blessed
2nd February- Candlemas
The festival is called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church's candles for the year were blessed.
1st February - St Brigid’s day
The Celtic goddess Brigid is one of the most venerated Goddesses in Ireland.
31st January - Bridget's Eve
Some of the aspects of this celebration are Brat Brid, Bridget's Day Dew, Cross and Crios Bríde.
6th January - La Befana and Twelfth Night
La Befana is known as a wise and magical woman.
6th January - Oiche Nollaig na Mban
Nollaig na mBan Sona Daoibh – Happy Women’s Christmas to you all.
13th December - St. Lucia's Day
It seems that older traditions recognize the duality of powerful forces.