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Pagan Festival at World Museum Liverpool

Its quiet week for talks and workshops at the Walker and Lady Lever galleries but my regular trawl of the What’s On pages has unearthed this workshop at the World Museum on Saturday.

I’d never heard of the pagan Spring festival Imbolc so had to turn to wikipedia ….

Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar, celebrated either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of Spring. Originally dedicated to the goddess Brighid, in the Christian period it was adopted as St Brigid’s Day. In Scotland the festival is also known as Latha Fhèill Brìghde, in Ireland as Lá Fhéile Bríde, and in Wales as Gwyl Ffraed.

While in the Northern Hemisphere Imbolc is conventionally celebrated on 1 February, in the Southern hemisphere it is sometimes celebrated on the calendar date, but those who see it primarily as a celebration of spring may move it to 1 August.

Imbolc is traditionally a time of weather prognostication, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens is perhaps a precursor to Groundhog Day.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February 2007

Imbolc Spring festival

Celebrate the coming of Spring with the pagan festival of Imbolc. Make your own corn dollies and window charms.

Suitable for all visitors
2 – 4pm,
World Museum Liverpool