Celebrating Lughnasa

Lughnasa (earlier, Lughnasadh) was the feast of Lugh.  A harvest festival, its celebration marked the end of the period of summer growth and the beginning of the autumn harvest. Its original name does not survive in popular tradition, that being now the common word in Irish (Lúnasa) for the month of August.  The festival is rather known as the Sunday of Crom Dubh (the god of harvest), or in varying areas as Lammas Sunday, Garland Sunday, Bilberry Sunday, or Fraughan Sunday. The first weekend in August marks Ireland’s changing-of-the-season festival of Lughnasa. The Irish playwright, Brian Friel, wrote the now famous,“Dancing…