Celebrating Lughnasadh

Happy Lughnasadh everyone!

Lughnasadh/ Lammas is one of the four ancient Celtic Fire Festivals and is held on 1st August every year. It celebrated the beginning of Autumn, the first harvest festival and the firstfruits (primarily the grains although some wild berries are out at this time.) Being an agricultural community, on Lughnasadh, the Celtic farmers would cut the first grains of the season and the families would make loaves of bread. In Irish mythology, the festival was said to have been started by Lugh, the many-skilled sun god, as a funeral feast and sporting competition in commemoration of his foster mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. The festival evolved into a great tribal assembly where legal agreements were made, political problems were discussed and huge olympic-style sporting contests were held. It was also one of two festivals where hand-fastings were traditionally held. Lughnasadh is a time to be grateful for the food on our table and to remember that the hot days of summer are coming to an end as we approach the cold half of the year. It is a time to begin reaping what has been sown and it’s traditional to celebrate this time by making corn dollies, baking bread and having bonfires on hilltops. As Naturalistic Pantheist, we celebrate this time to attune ourselves to the changing seasons and to remember the ever turning cycle of the year.

Prayer for the Grain

Fields of gold,
waves of grain,
the summer comes to a close.
The harvest is ready,
ripe for threshing,
as the sun fades into autumn.
Flour will be milled,
bread will be baked,
and we shall eat f
or another winter.

Below is a song celebrating Lughnasadh/ Lammas…


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