Saint Brigid's Cross
January 31st, the eve of St. Brigid's Day, was once known as "Oidhe na Cruha" the night of the crosses. Her memory is honored by people who weave crosses from rushes or straw. A St. Brigid's Cross made from new straw is hung above the door, and the old one is burned in the hearth. Just as the shamrock is associated with St. Patrick, so is the tiny cross made of rushes linked to St. Brigid. While explaining the Passion to a dying pagan, she wove a cross from the rushes thrown about the floor. The man was baptized before he died.These "Saint Brigid" crosses are believed to bestow the Saint's special blessings on your households.