Imbolc is one of four major pagan sabbats or holidays, along with Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. In between these sabbats, many pagans celebrate the seasonal solstices and equinoxes. Imbolc falls on the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Also called Brigid's Day, Imbolc honors the Celtic goddess of fire, fertility, midwifery and the young. Many Pagans will pay tribute to Brigid by arranging an altar and 'invoking' the goddess through prayer.
Imbolc observes the waning of winter and approach of spring. Many Pagans often use fire and other forms of light to encourage the lengthening of day. Seed and bud imagery may be used, as well, to promote the growth of new life ensured by springtime.
Imbolc is a time for Spring cleaning some of us clean our homes, take ritual baths and de-clutter our lives in other ways. This is believed to create space for the goddess to come into people's live and for new seeds to take root in the coming spring.