It feels like time is flying by – another festival of the wheel of the year is approaching! This time, it’s Lughnasadh and it’s celebrated on the first of August. The festival marks the first and early harvest. It is also the counterpart to Imbolc, which is celebrated on the first of August on the southern hemisphere. If you live there, I already have a blog post about Imbolc!
Some people also call the festival Lammas. Here’s the difference:
- Lughnasadh derives from the irish pagan festivity „Lugh“
- Lammas is the term for a christian harvest festivity
Which term you prefer to use is up to you, I personally prefer Lughnasadh. Also, is anyone out there able to tell me how to pronounce this word? Because I have absolutely no idea how to do it.
The festival is all about gratitude: being thankful to the earth for the food it gives and for the good weather that is typical for this tine of the year. In this post I’m going to share ways you can celebrate Lughnasadh. I sadly won’t be able to celebrate it because I’m spending this week (which happens to be the last week of my summer break from school) on a sailing boat in the netherlands with some friends. But I’ll do my best to be grateful for my friends and the good time I had in my summer break.
This is the most obvious choice. If you have fruits, vegetables or herbs in your garden that are ready to be harvested, now is the time! Be thankful for every fruit or vegetable you harvest and feel your gratitude for the earth. You can also dry herbs and collect seeds for your next sowing.
Making bread or beer
Those activities were typically done around Lughnasadh. For the bread, you could use some of the vegetables you harvested.
I’m not so sure about the beer because I have never heard about making beer before, but I’m sure you can learn more about it on the Internet.
If you want to do something else, you could cook or bake with your harvested goods or go to a farmer’s market and buy seaso als products to cook with.
Making Corn dollies
Corn dollies were typically made along with the harvest of corn or grain. They are made of straw or parts of the harvested plant and they are believed to give a home to the spirit of the corn which becomes‘ homeless‘ because of the harvest. There it lived during the winter and was ‚given back‘ to the corn by throwing the corn dollies into the furrows in the next year.
I have attached a picture of a more advanced corn dolly, but I’m sure you can find tutorials for more easy versions on the Internet.
Spending the day outside
Lughnasadh falls directly into summer. So what bettet way is there to celebrate than by spending the day outside? You could meet with friends and family, show them your gratitude and enjoy the time before it gets cold and dark again.
Decorating your Altar
This point always belongs on the list of activities for a festival. Typical for Lughnasadh are:
- Solar colours: red, orange, yellow and brown
- Bread, wheat, corn or your harvested goods
- Corn dollies, honey
- Flowers/Plants: sun flowers, vorn, wheat, corn flowers
I wish you all an amazing festival and I apologize because this article is less detailed and researched as usual. I’m going to do my best next month!
Bless you all and see you soon.