Imbolc or Imbolg is a greater Sabbat in the Neo-Wiccan faith that celebrates the banishing of the winter. The Sun child that was born this past solstice begins now to manifest and grow. This is a time of initiation and beginings. It is time to welcome the change from old to new in anticipation to spring. This is when we begin to choose what we are going to plant. This is a time of preperation; of spring cleaning. This is the time of year when all is still and we are awaiting our beloved spring. This Sabbat is to honor the goddess who is turning the year back to spring. The winter months were very difficult for our ancestors so the really looked forward to Imbolg to bring back the sun. In the winter months many died of decease or mal nutrition. So in truth this is the holiday of newness and life.
Ways to Celebrate Edit
As mentioned above, this is a great time to do spring cleaning. Clear out closets, put up winter clothes and take out summer clothes. This is a great time to start some yard work if you have a yard, such as beginning a compost pile, create raised beds, or fertilizing existing beds.
As this is around when Easter is celebrated, colored eggs and other secular practices have their place in a modern pagan's practice. Candy, cookies, and maypoles are often common.