Feb. 1, Feast of St. Brigid
Spring comes sooner to Ireland than it does where I live. There are snowdrops popping up out of the ground. This winter many areas of Ireland are seeing snow, but the calendar clicks over Feb. 1, the traditional start of spring, lambing season, fishing season.
There are so many legends surrounding St. Brigid, but the one about the cross is that she wove it from rushes that were scattered on the floor while telling a dying pagan the story of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.