St. Brigid’s Cross

St. Brigid’s Cross (also called Brighid’s Cross or Bride’s Cross) is a treasured Irish Christian symbol that appears to be inspired by the pagan sun-wheel. It’s commonly made of rushes or straw, and it’s hung prominently by the front entrance or in the rafter to keep the house safe from fire and evil spirits. The cross was built in honor of St. Brigid, one of Ireland’s three patron saints. On St. Brigid’s Feast Day, which falls on February 1st, it is a traditional ceremony that is observed across the country.

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