The 1st of February is the day of St Brigid's Feast. Along with St Patrick, St Brigid of Kildare is one of Ireland's patron saints. The St Brigid's Cross is a Christian symbol, which, like most Christian symbols, had its roots in pagan symbolism, possibly symbolising the wheel. The crosses you see here are made from rushes, although I have also seen them made with straw and ceramics. Traditionally they are believed to protect the home from fire or from evil. We have two in our house (one made of rushes and one ceramic) and I wear a small silver St Brigid's cross on a necklace - just in case.
These Crosses were on sale in Glencolmcille, Country Donegal.
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batalay (36733) 2014-02-01 21:17
I had never heard of St. Brigid's Feast, but I find this simple structure very interesting. The device may well represent the wheel, but it is also evocative of the way a pair of children make a cradle with their hands. The first child would hold his left wrist with his right hand, and with his left hold the second child's right wrist. The second child would hold his own left wrist with his right hand, and the right wrist of the first child. You must have done this as a child growing up in Italy.
macjake (60642) 2014-02-01 23:05
well, here I go showing off my ignorance once again.
I wanted to look at the subject, purposely ignoring the written note to figure out what it is that I'm viewing.
after awhile I just gave up...i had no clue what it was. After reading your note, and reading Bulents note especially, it made me feel better :)
I thought ...if BULENT hasn't heard about this, then I'm ok lol
you often surprise me with such photos and subjects, and when you do there's a purpose behind it - and usually a personal one at that...just like this one too :)
Just like our previously discussed plan...when we meet I'll be wearing my man-bladders and color corresponding banana-hammock tight shorties, and you can wear your necklace with the silver St. Brigid Cross!
One is appropriate, one isn't!
danos (89923) 2014-02-02 1:35
nice the view of all these rushes crosses with the crosses to be ready to be sold to the faithful.Good presentation and a good event from St. Brigid's feast.
ikeharel (62139) 2014-02-02 2:03
A bit different subject from your rutine on TE.
tried to read what it says on the brochure, all I came up was the River Shannon - probably a product collected in its area.
Anyway, this looks as a nice plexus-work on each.
Have a nice new week ahead,
snunney (89050) 2014-02-02 3:14
Saint Brigid's feast is a new one on me. She certainly boasts a most unusual and rather interesting cross. The image is well exposed and has lovely warm tones and excellent sharpness.
Just can't stay away from Italy, have booked a weekend in Milan at the end of April. Hope it will be enjoyable as the time spent in Bologna. All the best for the forthcoming week.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-02 5:02
Having studied in a Christian missionary school and college I am aware of many Christian symbols and ceremonies, but I have never heard of this cross, so thanks for sharing something new over here. Here you have a good photo from a top POV capturing the cross made perhaps with the original material in which it was first perceived. Good for you to wear this to keep you and your family safe. Thanks for sharing.
abmdsudi (46220) 2014-02-02 6:39
You certainly found some very interesting, a real eye catcher in pleasing colors.and that a fantastic closeup work and tks to your infor notes. It's wonderful to see this religious items with your own eyes isn't it. Credit to you for capturing it so well where everything looks so natural. That's magnificent and all blending together so beautifully. Wonderful capture, Congrats. TFS.
Noel_Byrne (27000) 2014-02-02 7:04
Dia duit Lisa
Ah, you've brought a million memories flooding back to me with this post. I remember as a kid in school, we would always have to make a St Brigids cross to bring home, and every year it would be hung with pride in the kitchen, usually between the picture of pope JPII and the sacred heart. They always seemed to symbolise the arrival of spring more than the religious aspect, as when the cross went up, the days got longer. The ones you have here are beautiful examples and your photo has an almost Christmas feel to it which is really warming.
I have to be honest, I didn't even think of st brigids day. I know I have a photo of the lass herself from her shrine near the cathedral in Kildare, must see if I can dig it out!
tyro (21794) 2014-02-02 7:35
Ciao cara Lisa,
What a fascinating note you have written and what a lovely photograph with which to illustrate it! Now I shall remember St. Brigid's Feast Day - 1st. February.
I presume that this picture was taken indoors in a shop and, as such, you have used the avaiable light very well indeed. The soft warm light on the rush crosses is delightful and brings out the colours and textures superbly well.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.
marabu61 (9391) 2014-02-02 7:46
I must admit that I wasn't familiar with the feast of St. Brigid, even though I have visited Kildare before. Intriguing subject and story and so perfect for the Leitmotiv of TE to learn about the world trough photography. And I wouldn't have made the connection to the children's cradle that Bulent is making either, really interesting ...
have a great sunday
Silvio1953 (129368) 2014-02-02 9:26
Ciao Lisa, nuova anche per me la festa, bella ed originale la composizione, ottima nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (38052) 2014-02-02 13:31
non conoscevo questa usanza, forse dovrei informarmi meglio, visto che tu ne fai un buon uso.
Bella foto, mi piace la luce e la qualità di questa foto, oltre che essere una bella condivisione.
Un saluto grande grande
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-03 10:00
nessuna occasione fotografica sfugge al tuo occhi attento e ovviamente ogni ripresa è sempre piacevole per come la effettui senza mai trascurare la ricchezza dei dettagli e la cura della luce e del colore.
Il soggetto è estremamente originale e onestamente ne ignoravo del tutto l'esistenza.
Brava come sempre.
Ciao e buona giornata
photoray (13428) 2014-02-03 19:24
Fine focus on the St. Brigid Crosses, revealing their textures, and in good resolution, with dominant brown warm tones.
Even though I was not Catholic, in my youth I wore a St. Christopher's medallion on a necklace when surfing to help avoid drowning or sharks.
I figure I need all the help I can get, and supporting others' religion may work.
Thanks for sharing a positive image,
jemaflor (88799) 2014-02-04 11:06
interesting subject with this photo about this traditionnal day, Good close up, nice warm tones. Tfs.
mkamionka (32367) 2014-02-05 10:48
I have visited St Brigid church in Kildare as there is a popular shopping centre over there so my wife encouraged me to visit this lovely church. But quite honestly I have never heard about this tradition. But I just spent 5 years in Ireland so I could not pick up everything. Also the young generation is more interesting in drinking excessively and watching TV so they may not be quite aware of the traditions...
Thanks for sharing it!
Better to learn about it after I left Ireland than never :)
Waylim (25368) 2014-02-09 17:19
I have never heard of St Brigid's Feast but enough of St Patrick's day, wearing green, eating green things and drinking green beer... I love the use of natural material to make this crossed and a nice crafty and handy works. Very nice details and love the warm color and texture and graphical patterns.
Have a good day.