Brigit's Garden holds seasonal celebrations and events throughout the year... many correspond to the Celtic calendar. See below for a small sampling and remember to check the What's On section of the homepage for up to the minute details on all our upcoming events.
Halloween Fun & Games
Halloween has its origns in the Celtic seasonal festival of Samhain that marked the beginning of the Celtic caldendar, a time when the veil between the two worlds of death and birth was thought to be very thin. At Samhain it was believed that deceased ancestors had the chance to visit and be honoured by the living. Over 800 people joined us Halloween 2010 during our four-day fundraiser and spooky family-fun event.
Click here to see a photo album (October 2010).
Santa's Christmas Magic - a non-commercial Santa with a difference
Every December Santa and his musical Elf stop by to pay a special visit to Brigit’s Garden to share Santa’s Christmas Magic, an interactive entertainment of music and stories, highlighted with magical ceremonies of the lightining of the Christmas candle and tree.
Click here to see a photo album from previous year's shows. Please join us for this year's magical show. For details on this year's performance click here.
Brigit's Day Celebrations
Imbolc is the Celtic festival marking the beginning of spring (February 1st) marked by the first Snow Drop flowers and the birthing of lambs. It was celebrated in Ireland during the Iron Age and associated with the goddess, Brigit. In Irish tradition she was patron of poetry and craftwork, and as midwife and nurturer she underpins the seasonal cycle and the human life cycle.
Click here to see a photo album (February 2009). For more information about Brigit, Celtic goddess and saint and the source of inspiration behind Brigit's Garden click here .
Splanc! Mid-Summer Fire Festivities
Brigit's Garden marks mid-summer (the summer solstice) with an evening of great craic and family-fun. The Iron Age Celts celebrated the longest day of the year with fire for its symbolic connection with the summer sun. Splanc means spark in Irish, making it the apt name for our modern-day celebration. At Brigit's Garden we give the ancient traditions a modern spin with interactive activities like drumming and chanting, a fire procession through the gardens to light the huge bonfire at sunset and entertainment provided by fire dancers and jugglers...and more!
Click here to see a photo album from Splanc! (June 2010).
Elves and Fairies Day
Everyone knows that Ireland is the home to the wee folk. In August, the gardens come alive with visits from little elves and fairies clamoring to see the Fairy Queen and hear her stories.
Click here to see a photo album (August 2010).