Brighidine Flamekeeping is the tradition of keeping a perpetual sacred flame for Brighid, a Celtic goddess, or St. Brigit, an Irish saint. There is overlap between the pagan and Christian traditions surrounding Brighid/Brigit as the goddess and the saint have become somewhat syncretized. The flame is kept in a 20-day cycle by a Cill -- a group of 19 people who tend the flame from sunset to sunset on their assigned shift. The 20th shift is kept by Brighid Herself. Traditionally, the flame was kept at Kildare by 19 nuns in a church where, it is said, no man could enter. Nowadays, the flame is kept all over the world by followers of both saint and goddess, and Cills can consist of people of any gender. (There are orders with unigender Cills as well as mixed-gender ones.) The flame is kept from sunset on one day to sunset the next, following Celtic tradition of the length of a day. Modern practitioners might not keep a literal flame, instead using LED candles, specially dedicated jewelry, or changing the desktop backgrounds on their computers to signify the beginning of their shift. There are many ways to signify the beginning of keeping the flame on one's shift; lighting a candle is only one of them. Flamekeepers might also say a prayer at the beginning of their shift to get into the right mindset. Keeping the flame for Brighid is generally considered worship, or veneration, so during one's shift it's preferred that one try to do Brighidine activities. Brighid is a three-fold goddess of healing, smithcraft, and poetry, so activities related to Her could be anything from creating poetry or art, writing, healing, making things, or even cleaning, as She is also considered a hearth goddess and thus associated with the domestic arts. Some followers of Brighid also hold that knitting and crochet are Brighidine activities, and might spend their shift doing that. One might also spend time making a Brighid's Cross to give to someone or hang in one's home. Ultimately, it is up to the practitioner what they do on their flamekeeping shift, and whether it is appropriate is between them and the goddess. There are several Brighidine orders with their own Cills active today.