The History of Imbolc And Its Connections To Groundhog Day

Everyone has heard of Groundhog Day, but did you know its origins date back to the Celtic Holiday, Imbolc. Here is an amazing article from True Highlands about the history of the Imbolic holiday and the roots of Groundhog Day. Imbolc is a traditional Celtic holiday falling between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Rituals were performed during Imbolic “to ensure a steady supply of food until the harvest six months later.” The Christian Church also adopted parts of the traditions celebrated at this time, turning Imbolc into Candlemass and the goddess Bridhe associated with ancient Imbolc into St. Bride. More details on the history of these celebration rites and their adaptation can be found in this article. The article also relates how the tradition of determining whether there would be an early spring started during these traditions.

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