St. Brigid’s Day, (Gaelic: Lá Fhéile Bríde) - celebrates Ireland’s only female patron saint on February 1st.
St Brigid’s Day traditionally marks the first day of spring in Ireland welcoming longer, warmer days.
It signals an end to the darkness of winter and ushering in a new season of hope and growth according to the National Museum of Ireland.
A new Bank Holiday, currently in its second year will take place on the 4th February 2023 to celebrate St. Brigid.
She was a pupil of St. Patrick and became famous for her kindness, mercy, and her miracles.
Brigid's Day Cross is the symbol of the day and is woven from straw or rushes.
Over the centuries, hanging a Brigid's cross in people’s homes was believed to bring the blessing and protection of the saint for the remainder of the year.
Brigid's cross remains a national symbol of Ireland, along with the shamrock and Celtic harp.
She is also, along with Saint Patrick and Saint Columcille, one of the three patron saints of Ireland.
#Brigid1500 is a programme of events, to celebrate and commemorate St. Brigid, the woman, the life and the legacy in a broad and rich way. It includes details on festivals, concerts, talks, art commissions, illuminations, pilgrimages, and craft workshops as well as a school’s programme to cement St. Brigid’s legacy.
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