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Happy Imbolc Day

Now that snowmaggedon is coming upon us, here’s the good news.  Today is Imbolc (or christianized to St. Birgid’s Day), which has something to do with it being halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox, or when the ewes begin to lactate, and represents, believe it or not, the coming of spring.  Anyway, it’s also the day Cailleach’s (the Gaelic hag) gathers firewood for the rest of winter.  If she means for winter to continue for quite a while, she’ll make the day bright and sunny so she can gather enough.  If the weather is foul, it means she’s asleep and winter’s almost over.  Much better story than Groundhog’s day, no?  Thank you wikipedia.

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