Imbolc is the second Sabbat in the Pagan Wheel of the Year. It celebrates the first stirrings of the Earth as the Goddess as Maiden prepares to make her journey back from the Underworld. The word itself comes from the Gaelic and means either “in the womb” or “ewe’s milk” and is a direct reference to the earliest beginnings of the lambing season when ewes were becoming heavy in pregnancy and their udders will filling with milk. This sheep’s milk would have provided a welcome change to the stored foods of winter.
In the modern calendar this day is called Candelmass or St Brigid’s Day, after one of the Patron Saints/ancient Goddesses of Ireland. In America, it is celebrated as Groundhog Day.
Celebrate the stirrings of the Earth at Imbolc, the second Sabbat in the Pagan Wheel of the Year. Seasonal foods, recipes and a guided menu plan are provided using easily sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Foods for Imbolc by NanLT at Squidoo.com