The wheat is ready to be harvested and the last fruits of summer are ripening. It must be Lammas! Lammas is a holiday that marks the grain harvest. The Anglo-Saxons would bring a loaf of bread made from the first harvest of wheat for blessings at the local church. Lammas also is known as Lughnassa or Lughnasadh (or many other variations of spelling) is named after the Celtic god Lugh, the Sun King. Festivals and feasting were done in his honor throughout the month of August. While wheat is harvested thanks would be given for a bountiful harvest and prayers offered. Modern pagans still mark this holiday with corn dollies and offerings of bread and grains.
Lughnasadh is a time to give thanks for bountiful harvests. It’s a time to revel in the full power of summer and the sun which sustains life. It is a time to celebrate life, prosperity, and abundance. The hardship of winter is still months away, and Mabon, the Second Harvest before winter comes still waits. For now, the sun shines bright, still bringing bounty from the land. So this Lammas, rejoice! Celebrate life!
When is Lammas?
August 1st or August 2nd
Lughnasadh/Lughnassa, First Harvest
Activities to Celebrate Lammas
- Make a corn dolly.
- Harvest from your garden or pick your own farm.
- Bake homemade bread.
- Purchase homemade bread from a bakery.
- Give Thanks for the abundance of your garden or for the farmers in your community.
- Collect seeds (either for eating or planting).
- Make jams, jellies, and pickles to preserve seasonal produce.
- Donate to a food shelf in your community.
- Feast with friends & family.
- Festivals or Fairs
- Corn Dollys
- Threshing tools (scythe, sickle, etc)
- John Barleycorn
- Corn Mother
Herbs, Plants & Trees
- Wheat & other grains
- Queen Anne’s Lace
- Cat’s Eye
- Gold Topaz
- Clear Quartz
- Anything made from grains
- Black Currant