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    Candlemas, Imbloc, St. Brigid's Day... do you celebrate? How so?

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    Hello all! This is one of those rare times when our non-Christian (aka pagan, esoteric etc...) ladies and gents and some Christian folks alike may celebrate the same holiday in similar ways so I thought I would ask if and what ya'll are doing for Candlemas, Imbloc, St. Brigid's Day?

    I grew up calling the day Candlemas, so I still do.

    This year, I'm doing a house blessing b/c we just moved and I haven't had a chance to do one just yet (save for a very informal "clearing" when we first arrived). I want to make a grain and floral wreath for the door, and I will put candles (electric) in all the windows. I'm also going to make a Brigid's Braid . When I was little my mom used to make crepes, but alas, I do not possess the skill. We may have to settle for something a little more rustic.

    "celebrate" in terms of "observe/acknowledge" not like "woohooooo!" (at least that's not how it is for us usually)

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    We do house blessing and floral as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisByzantineLove View Post
    We do house blessing and floral as well.
    I'm not the only one! Do you guys do the throat blessing as well? I think that comes a few days later, but we used to use the candles from Candlemas for it.

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    I'm not the only one! Do you guys do the throat blessing as well? I think that comes a few days later, but we used to use the candles from Candlemas for it.
    No I actually haven't heard of that. What is it exactly? Sounds interesting.
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    Oh and we do candles and candle blessings as well.

    My parents take their Christmas Tree down today as well. I took mine down a while ago though it was a fire hazard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisByzantineLove View Post
    No I actually haven't heard of that. What is it exactly? Sounds interesting.
    It's for the Feast Day of St. Blaise (Feb 3rd). Here's a fairly decent explanation of who he was: link.

    Anyway, you bless the throat (usually done by a priest) with the same candles from Candlemas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetvanity View Post
    It's for the Feast Day of St. Blaise (Feb 3rd). Here's a fairly decent explanation of who he was: link.

    Anyway, you bless the throat (usually done by a priest) with the same candles from Candlemas.
    Very neat.
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    Ostara is coming up, and my group is doing a big she-bang, since we've got several little kids who really enjoy it. We're an open faith group, some pagans, some Wiccans, a few Christians, and many that just aren't quite sure. It always makes for fun, interesting gatherings with the different viewpoints.

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