According to one version, the name of the holiday Imbolc (Imbolc) comes from the Old Irish word mblec - "milk". February is the peak of winter, when food and fuel supplies run out, and luck may no longer accompany hunters. At this time, warmth, housing, clothing and food are especially needed. Some peoples had a custom to spend this last night in festivities and fun, and then, for a certain period, indulge in fasting and purification.
Imbolc is celebrated not only in Ireland. On this day, according to Celtic mythology, the Mother of Bread rested in the Land of Spirits (Avallon or Annona), gaining strength. Even on Samhain, she gave all her life force to God to help him be reborn.
Imbolc is a celebration of the convalescence of the goddess Brigita (goddess Brighid), the cleansing and rebirth of the Earth. Imbolc symbolizes the growing phase of the Goddess, while Lammas, opposite to her in the Wheel of the Year, is waning. In Lammas the Goddess is an old woman, in Imbolc she is a reborn and renewed maiden. This day is a powerful day for any witchcraft. It is in Imbolc that young witches and sorcerers are initiated. Imbolc's symbol is a union of opposites.