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#121740 - 01/30/04 11:24 PM Saint Brigid's Day  
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The first of February is kept in many places, Ireland especially, as the Feast of Saint Brigid of Kildare. She is known in England as Saint Bride. She is known here in the Colonies as Saint Bridget or even Saint Brigette. One wonders why this may be.


#121741 - 01/30/04 11:30 PM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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because saint brigid is a 'christian' reincarnation of celtic pagan godess, and her 'saint's day, Feb 1st, marks an important day in the celtic calendar-it is the birth of spring (you wouldn't know it here in NY!)

as for why brigid vs brigit.. its like paddy vs patty. My father, Patrick was often called Pat by those who knew him, but close friends new he was Paddy.


#121742 - 01/30/04 11:33 PM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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Not sure, but my money's on the second of February, Candlemass or James Joyce's birthday (OK, James Stephen's, too; time I read Crock of Gold again) take your choice.


#121743 - 01/30/04 11:39 PM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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time I read Crock of Gold again

i like stephens' poetry better than his books, but Crock of Gold was his best.. his short stories are wonderful.(my copy is a quality paperbound one. (i don't think i own any of his books in hardcover)


#121744 - 01/30/04 11:45 PM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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Here is URL to Catholic Encyclopedia article about Saint Brigid:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02784b.htm


#121745 - 01/30/04 11:47 PM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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(i don't think i own any of his books in hardcover)

I bought a hardcover version for a friend as a birthday present. It was a lovely shade of emerald green with gold letters and a scene embossed on the front. Very nice. I just own the textbook I bought my first year in college. Here's a favorite scene from early on in the book:

"Your stirabout is on the hob," said the Thin Woman. "You can get it for yourself. I would not move the breadth of my nail if you were dying of hunger. I hope there's lumps in it. A Leprecaun from Gort na Cloca Mora was here to-day. They'll give it to you for robbing their pot of gold. You old thief, you! you lob-eared, crock-kneed fat-eye!"

...

"Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it," said the Philosopher.

Stirabout is a great word.

http://www.litrix.com/ckgold/ckgol001.htm



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How are things in Glocca Morra?


#121747 - 01/31/04 01:03 AM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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I believe it's known in the Celtic calendar as a cross-quarter day. We USns celebrate it the following day, Candlemas, with groundhogs. Go figger.


#121748 - 01/31/04 01:15 AM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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We USns celebrate it the following day, Candlemas, with groundhogs.

I've long been meaning to ask, just how does one grind a hog?


#121749 - 01/31/04 08:01 AM Re: Saint Brigid's Day  
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I don't know about your US, but in the other one they make terminally boring movies starring Chevy Chase and grind everyone BUT the groundhogs down ...


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