Happy Lughnasad!

Being an August baby with a birthday this week I found this interesting.

Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist

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The first day of August (or thereabouts) is traditionally celebrated in Celtic cultures as Lammas, Lughansad, or the first harvest in the northern hemisphere. The Irish name for August is Lammas.

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Lammas is one of the four pre-Christian Celtic Pagan festivals, marking the halfway points between Equinoxes and Solstices, along with Beltaine (May 1), Samhain (Nov 1), and Imbolc (Feb 1).

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Rathcrogan in Ireland is a traditional site for celebrating these days:

‘it was in Cruachan with Meadb the fairs of Ireland were wont to be held and the sons of the kings of Ireland used to be in Cruachan with Meadb at that time to see if they might exchange war with the province of Conchobar’ – Cath Bóinde

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The name Lughnasad derives from the name of Lugh, (pronounced Loo), an Irish mythological figure of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is known as a god with many…

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