Since the sixth century, the Saint Brigid’s Cross has been associated with the timeless folk traditions of Ireland. Throughout Ireland, the cross is affiliated with the arrival of the season of Spring on February 1st and with the Irish goddess, Saint Brigid, a native of Kildare. For this reason, February 1st is now celebrated as Saint Brigid’s Day.
The making of the Saint Brigid’s Cross from Irish rushes (Juncus Effusus), traditionally at the beginning of Spring, is an ancient Irish custom. The cross is hand-woven from rushes gathered from the river Shannon which are cut to length to make the cross. Habitually the cross was placed over entrance doors of many homes and shops throughout Ireland. This tradition continues today and is carried out in the belief that the cross will bring one good fortune. In addition, the cross is commonly seen in ultra-modern homes in order to enhance the beauty of room, making it a handcraft that is an attractive piece in a variety of settings.