St. Brigitte's Day in Ireland (01/02)

Saint Brigit (St. Brigit, c. 451 - February 1, 525) is one of the three most revered saints in Ireland, which also includes St. Patrick and St. Columbus Kille. The most popular tradition says that Saint Brigid was the midwife of the Virgin Mary.

It was believed that on the eve of her feast, Saint Brigid travels around the country, blessing people and their homes. As a symbol of the fact that she was welcome in this house and was looking forward to her visit, a pie or slices of bread and butter were laid out on the windowsill (in some parts of Ireland, bread in the shape of a cross was baked especially for this day). Several ears of corn were placed nearby for her beloved white cow.

No matter how poor the house was, but any hostess always tried to cook a festive dinner or at least one festive dish. Traditional treats were apple pies, poppy seed pies, pancakes, wheat or barley cakes, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Be sure to serve butter on the table (it was specially churned in the morning). In honor of the saint, who was famous for her generosity, and in order to ensure wealth and prosperity in the next year, more prosperous hosts treated their less fortunate neighbors with butter and milk. Sometimes, on such an occasion, a sheep was slaughtered and the meat was distributed to friends and simply those in need.