On the 1st of August, we celebrate this first harvest festival of the year. It is named after the Celtic God, Lugh, who dedicated the festival to his foster mother, Tailtiu, who died after having cleared a great forest so that men could cultivate the land. She told the men of Ireland to hold funeral games in Her honour and as long as they were held, Ireland would not be without song.
It is now the time of year when we begin harvesting grain and some fruits (mostly berries). Fertility magic is continuously performed to ensure the continued bounty of the land. To celebrate, bonfires, music and dancing is to be had. Magic(k) involving personal fertility (not necessarily of the conceiving babies kind) is also performed that we may continue to grow and be bountiful in our own lives. We are coming to the time of year for personal reflection, and going inwards.
This is a great festival to do some cooking/baking! Make breads, pies, potato pancakes, mmm!
What will you be doing for Lughnasadh?