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St. Brigid's Cross | 9.5" x 9.5" x 1" | Made in Ireland | All Handcrafted, All Natural Saint Brigid's Cross | Mounted On Unique Irish Scenic History Card

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February 1 marks a special time in the Irish calendar because it signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Kilbride is one of Ireland’s most common placenames: there are 45 Kilbrides in 19 of the country’s 32 counties. They are defined by building material more than appearance, and the exact shape of a Brigid's cross varies greatly.

Whatever the chosen material, it was sprinkled with holy water beforehand and a prayer to welcome the saint into the home was often recited. While customs during this day have evolved over the years, from placing bread on windowsills to lighting a bonfire, there is one aspect of it that has remained consistent over the years: St. If you’re making one this evening, Dominie’s top tip is : “Keep a good grip to prevent it from unravelling. Reddit and its partners use cookies and similar technologies to provide you with a better experience. In another story, Brigid was given a poisoned drink by a woman of ill intent, and she wove the cross to neutralise the toxins.The Celtic festival of Imbolc was renamed St Brigid’s Day and the making and displaying of Brigid’s Crosses merged with the ‘new’ Christian celebration on February 1st. The cross itself is considered an ancient fire wheel symbol, which would explain its use as a protector from evil, fire, and hunger. As a patron saint, she looks over many: babies, children born out of wedlock, midwives, poets and scholars, travelers and seafarers, fugitives, blacksmiths, healers, Irish nuns, and farmers. Brigid is the fire-keeper of that flame of life that mothers tend to so that we don't die in the winter, and so the lines of the family are not broken by the trauma of the cold months. The traditional placement was on the inside of a thatched roof, above the front door, but in modern times, you can simply hang it on the inside of your front door or over the doorway.

Brigid’s Crosses were intricately woven from rushes and sometimes straw, consisting of a central square surrounded by four arms at right angles. After an evening feast, the head of household would supervise the rest of the family as they wove crosses from the collected material. The most respected and revered of all was in County Kildare – leading to her name, Brigid of Kildare. As the daughter of the mighty god Dagda, Brigid occupied a significant position among the Tuatha Dé Danann.Brigid, being highly revered by the Celtic people, underwent a transformation from the goddess Brigid to St. All across Ireland, lozenges can be found on Neolithic stone monuments, where they were carved by prehistoric peoples. The most recognisable cross is the four-armed cross, popularised since 1961 by its use as an emblem for Irish television. The tradition of weaving her cross from reeds for 1st February, to celebrate the arrival of Spring, continues to this day in rural Ireland. She also healed a man with leprosy, exorcised demons, tamed a boar, and calmed storms, among others.

Wherever it hangs, the cross will watch over and protect your loved ones as the days grow longer and then shorter again. We collect and process your personal data for the purposes of informing you of our products and services. According to supply and demand, we sometimes use organic beeswax in the production process from other trusted sources.Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. Brigid’s emblem, has been used in Irish designs throughout history, with many modern stylists using this now popular Irish symbol within the designs of Irish jewelry and Irish gifts. Many of the folk attributes ascribed to Brigid of Kildare bear similarities to the pagan grain goddess Brigid, and it is likely that the legends and rituals attributed to the goddess were later mapped onto the saint.

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