St. Brigid's Crosses are associated with Brigid of Kildare, one of the patron saints of Ireland. The crosses are traditionally made in Ireland on St Brigid's feast day, 1 February, which was formerly celebrated as a pagan festival (Imbolc) marking the beginning of spring. Many rituals are associated with the making of the crosses.
Traditionally they were set over doorways and windows to protect the home from any kind of harm.
We have made a cross in this video for anyone wanting to have a go.
Two types of St Bridgid’s cross.
Original version: need approximate 30 pieces of 24inch rushes, grass or even straws or pipe cleaners 4 elastic bands or pieces of string/wool to tie the ends of the cross.
Second version Minimum of 12 pieces of grass, rushes or similar. Approx 20inches in length but can be done with smaller. 4 elastic bands , wool or string to tie the ends.
Feel free to have a go of your own cross, then send your results in to us so we can share: firstname.lastname@example.org