This weekend is Imbolc which marks the coming of spring – at last! My favourite way of celebrating is to attend the Imbolc Fire Festival in Marsden which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 1st February 2014). This is a fantastic evening of entertainment with a procession of Druids to the fire display, then a great display and finally a battle between Jack Frost and the Green Man – the Green Man wins every time of course (well he nearly didn’t in the 2012 festival – Jack Frost put up a huge snow fight!). There’s fireworks and musicians. It is a really fab event and I recommend coming to watch – even if the weather is awful!
In 2012 it really was very snowy:
These are the photos I took of the fire festival and Jack Frost fighting the Green Man:
The whole event is run on community donations. There will be collections on the night but there is also a page to donate to keep this wonderful event running. For more information about this years festival checkout the facebook page.
This year I have been joining in the fun of making lanterns to light the path of the procession. I decided to make an elder sign lantern (to keep the Great Old Ones away from the event).
It began with a 5 pointed star:
A second 5 pointed star was made to match the first:
The two stars were taped together at each point. Then cross braces were fitted between the two stars at the 5 cross overs of the central pentagon:
We then made an ‘X’ through the centre of the star to tie a jam jar lid to (for the light to stick to):
The whole star was then covered in tissue paper that was covered in PVA glue. This part was really sticky and messy and fun:
Finally the elder sign symbols were cut out of coloured tissue paper and stuck in the centre. Voila! An elder sign lantern. I can’t wait to see it lit!
It looked so good we then decided to make one twice as large! This one came out nearly as big as me