Shrovetide, or Your February Book of Days

February is here and here is your Convivio Book of Days Calendar for the month. On this First of February we celebrate St. Brigid’s Day, and tho it be wintry out there (Brother Arnold at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community wrote to say it would be 1 degree there tonight), Brigid is our reminder that spring is coming; she is our bridge from winter to spring. Imbolc reminds us of this same thing; it also falls on this First of February. And with the setting sun this first day will come Candlemas Eve. It is the night in this house when we take our Christmas tree out to the yard and remove all other vestiges of yuletide greenery. We’ve delighted in Christmas these past 40 days, but it is time to step upon that bridge toward spring. By week’s end, the Carnival Season will begin in Venice, Italy, and before the month is done, we will enter into the more somber season of Lent.

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Blessings to you for Imbolc, St. Brigid’s Day, and Candlemas. May Punxsutawney Phil bring you the news you’re hoping to hear. A good month to you all.

Image (and calendar cover star): “Shrovetide, or Spring has Come” by Igor Novikov, 2013. Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons.


4 thoughts on “Shrovetide, or Your February Book of Days

  1. mary beth shipley says:

    I’m still sad about removing the tree! But do look forward to spring!
    Blessed February to all! Full moon this weekend, lots of planets in the sky this month too!

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