Well today is the start of Imbolc, the day we can look forward to the growing season, as the light slowly returns to our part of the world. I am not a pagan but I love the marking of the year into festivals, when people dress up in the most outlandish things and dance in the street.
Imbolc is the time when the sheep bring forth their milk, so early lambing starts at this time. St.Brighid the goddess of Imbolc is thought to be a pagan goddess christianised into a saint.
It is a time of fire and burning candles to welcome the returning year.
So light those candles for history once more to mark the day of Candlemas and those wild Gaelic Irish goddesses that flit through the memory.
And I still haven't remembered to go backwards down the stairs on this first day of the month repeating 'white rabbit, white rabbit'!
An Up Helly in the Shetland Isles in February 2010 @ Mike Pennington, Geographer.