Imbolc Explained: Groundhog Day's Celtic Origins
Imbolc Explained: Groundhog Day's Celtic Origins
Ever wonder how Groundhog Day became a thing? It started with Imbolc (February 1st), a celebration of spring's arrival dedicated to the Celtic fertility goddess Brigid.

Learn the definition, etymology, and history of Imbolc, and in the process uncover how this ancient pagan agricultural festival paved the way for the famed February 2nd North American rodent-watching tradition.


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:44 What Is Imbolc? 
  • 05:24 When Did the Ancient Celts Celebrate Imbolc? 
  • 07:11 How Did Imbolc Inspire Groundhog Day? 

This video was adapted from an article, "Imbolc Explained: The Celtic Origins of Groundhog Day":

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