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LUGHNASSADH



Lughnassadh July 31 to August 2

This is traditionally the festival of the first grain harvest but can be used for any harvest of any produce and a personal harvest. 

In the northern hemisphere it is July 31 to August 2 and in the southern hemisphere it is Jan 31 to Febrary 2.

The God promises to defend and die for the land. The Sun/Grain god is willingly cut down in the form of the last sheaf of grain to be harvested and his spirit descends into the earth, back into the mother’s womb, to be reborn on the Midwinter celebration as the infant Sun King. The decisive battle of the Light and Dark twin cannot take place till the Autumn Equinox six weeks later and so the myths divide again. 

Some versions say the fatal blow to the Light twin is delivered at Lughnassadh but the Light twin lingers wounded for another six weeks until the Autumn Equinox

In both the pre Christian and Christian tradition called Lammas or Loaf mass a loaf baked from the first harvested sheaf was offered on the altar. 

On August 15, at the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, in Celtic influenced lands a bannock was made from bread and milk to be broken by the father of the household and given to the family to ensure sufficient bread throughout the year on the family table(and his willingness to work to provide it).Obviously these days the mother can equally assume the role of provider.

Ways of Marking the Festival in the Modern world 

 



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