Imbolc is an old festival connected with the coming of spring and the growing warmth of the sun. In some areas of Europe, this day marked the emergence of a few brave plants from beneath the snow. As such, Imbolc was an occasion for feasting.

Because the sun was usually seen as the source of the earth’s fertility, Imbolc (known in Catholicism as Candlemas) was a solar festival. Practitioners of preChristian religions lit fires and carried torches in ceremonial processions to urge the sun’s “return.”

Appropriate foods for Imbolc are spicy and hot, in honour of the Sun. Those utilizing garlic and chilli peppers are suitable, as are curried dishes.