Imbaelk

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Imbaelk
Imbaelk.png
Imbolc Candles in Snow, photo by Sonja Bannick
Also called
Imbolc, Candlemas, Sprouting
Observed by
humans, elves, halflings, possibly dwarves and gnomes
Type
Cultural, seasonal, magical
Significance
Heralds the end of winter and forthcoming spring; beginning of Imbaelk savaed.
Celebrations
Feasting, visiting holy wells, blessing and lighting candles, weather divination
Date
1 or 2 February
Related to
Imbaelk savaed, Elven calendar

Imbaelk, also known as Imbolc,[1] is celebrated in February as according to the elven calendar, giving a name to the third savaed of the year. It heralds the end of winter and is often called "Sprouting" in Common Speech.

Magical Holidays[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Imbolc is a celebration among some Celtic cultures in the real world.
    • Traditions: The holiday is a festival of the hearth and home, and a celebration of the lengthening days and the early signs of spring.
      Celebrations often involve hearthfires, special foods, divination or watching for omens, lighting candles or a bonfire if the weather permitted. Fire and purification is an important part of the festival. The lighting of candles and fires represents the return of warmth and the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months. In some regions blessed candles are lit during storms and placed in windows to ward off thunders.
      Imbaelk is also traditionally a time of weather divination - people are making predictions about weather in the coming year.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. David French's translation


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