Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter are inviting the public along to celebrate St. Brigid’s Day by creating Brigid’s crosses and celebrating the many special traditions connected to Brigid of Ireland on January 31.
The Cathedral Quarter is welcoming everyone religious, non-religious, young and old to celebrate with them.
Help will be at hand to guide and show guests how to make the traditional crosses and there’ll be a calming backdrop of music and some traditional snacks in the lovely setting of Dillons Hotel in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter from 6.30pm-8.30pm.
The event also marks the beginning of Spring and honours old customs.
Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter said: “Legend tells us Brigid converted a dying Pagan. To explain the new faith to him, she improvised making a cross from rushes which was all that was available to her in the location.
“So in keeping with tradition, we’ll have rushes for you to make your traditional crosses. Whether it’s for yourself or a special gift to give to neighbours and friends, this long-standing tradition of hanging a St.Brigid’s cross above your door will extend a warm welcome to visitors and protecting their homes/buildings and families for the year ahead.
“We’ll also be celebrating the Brat Bríd-the custom of hanging a small piece of cloth (can be a ribbon, a piece of linen or cloth like a scarf or handkerchief) on a tree overnight and this is said to have healing powers in the morning.
“This is a very special time of year linking Imbolc the ancient Celtic festival marking the beginning of Spring, Candlemas the ancient festival of light marking the midpoint of winter and St.Brigids day we hope you’ll come to get involved and if you would like to add to our evening with poetry, song or customs, we’d be delighted.”Tags: