|A walk in the countryside|
What happened to the First day of Spring? Why do they change things? I wanted to write about the first day of Spring, March 21 and found my traditional day is not quite the same. The day moves. Okay. I can understand some government bureaucrat said let’s do it different and screw everything up.
So I did a little research. Every culture has the celebration of Spring around the spring solstice. From Aztec to Egyptian, stone calenders were set to highlight the sun on certain days of the year. The spring solstice was prominent. Look at the remains of Stonehenge or the monuments on Easter Island.
Going back several thousand years, we find the Celtic Lá na Féile Bríde, or the “Festival of Saint Bridget”, in Manx as Laán Arragh (Day of Spring), and as Candlemas or Bridget’s Day in English. Brighid, Bride or Bridget is yet another Pagan deity turned by the Christians into a “saint,” in order to co-opt Her worship. This goddess was a triple-faced deity, originally a Sun and Fire Goddess, of Poetry/Divination, Healing and Smith-craft, whose followers kept an eternal flame burning in Her honor. Note that as Brighid, a Druid and Celtic entity, Her three aspects are all the same age as each other, not the “Mother-Maiden-Crone” trinity.
Interesting is that St Bridget’s Day is the celebration of the lambing and lactation of the ewes, a basic source of food and clothing. The occasion of the birth of lambs (not to mention kids and calves) was a cause for rejoicing and a sign of life in the “dead” world of a Northern winter. Probably why we eat roast lamb on Easter.
This leaves me with my original question why change it?
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