Like many Pagan holidays, Imbolc has a Celtic connection as well, although it wasn’t celebrated in non-Gaelic Celtic societies. The Irish Saint Brighid is the keeper of the sacred flame, the guardian of home and hearth. In addition to fire, she is a goddess connected to inspiration and creativity. Imbolic is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain and corresponds to the Welsh Gŵyl Fair y Canhwyllau. ForChristians, especially in Ireland, it is the feast day of Saint Brigid.There is some debate over whether St Brigid was a real person. She has the same name, associations and feast day as the Celtic goddess Brigid, and there are many supernatural events, legends and folk customs associated with her.