St Brigid is Ireland’s second most famous patron saint, after St Patrick, and her feast day is celebrated on 1st February. Learn how to make a St Brigid’s Cross which is a great activity to do with kids.
Story tells that Brigid first started weaving a cross from rushes on the floor, when called to bedside of a dying, pagan chieftain. When he asked what she was doing, she told him the story of Jesus, and he converted before he died.
The St Brigid’s Cross was traditionally hung above the entrances to houses, to invoke the help of St Brigid to ward off disease and fire.
Traditionally, rushes are used to make the St Brigid’s Cross, and these are collected from marsh land. If you don’t have rushes, any other bendable reed or straw would work (even drinking straws or pipe cleaners are a good substitute for young children).