Saturday 19 January 2019

Festival of flames lights up 'Biddy's Day'

Festival of flames lights up ‘Biddy’s Day’. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Festival of flames lights up ‘Biddy’s Day’. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Ireland's Celtic heritage and goddess Brigid were honoured at firey celebrations in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

The Kerry townland marked 'Biddy's Day', which is associated with the goddess Brigid, who was said to visit homes during the pagan festival of Imbolg -meaning 'in belly' - at the beginning of February.

During the festival an effigy of Brídeóg was paraded from house to house through town by local Biddy groups. Traditionally, a visit from the Biddy guaranteed good luck, fertility, prosperity - and to not receive a visit was considered a terrible slight.

The highlight of Biddy's Day was the torchlight parade through the town and the crowning of the king of the biddys.

Irish Independent

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