February 1st is St. Brigid's Day and is also known as Candlemas. Since Christian times the day was in honour of St Bríde who was one of Ireland's greatest saints. It was a day of celebration to the ancient Gaels and after the arrival of Christianity, was incorporated into the new faith and her celebration and feast day continues on into the 21st Century. The day is also called Imbolc and is one of the four great calendar festivals of the pre Christian year.
'Anois teacht an Earraigh beidh an lá dúl chun shíneadh, Is tar eis na féil Bríde ardóigh mé mo sheol.'
(Now Spring is here, the days will grow shorter, And after Brigid's Day, I'll head for the hills-Raftery (1784-1835)