Today is the first day of spring and St Brigid’s Day in Ireland. At school when we were very small we learned how to make St. Brigid’s crosses from rushes. We would spread them out on old newspaper and begin the process of bending and tying until our fingers were tired. Each end of the cross was cut in a tidy way and string or elastic bands used to fasten each leg. In some houses the crosses from the year before were taken down and burned and replaced with the new, green crosses.
In school we also learned a little song about springtime with its bright, clear mornings and biting wind.
The sunshine gleams so bright and warm, The sky is blue and clear. I run outdoors without a coat, And spring is almost here.
Then before I know it, Small clouds have blown together, Till the sun just can't get through them, And again, it's mitten weather.
Lá Fhéile Bríde (Happy St. Brigid’s Day) from Galway