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 at Lughnasa” which is all centred around the pivotal point in the Celtic calendar, Lughnasa.
The Celts regarded the Earth as a fertile Goddess, to be nurtured and honoured…a way of living I now follow, as a care-taker and care-giver to Mother Earth.
The gate-keeper to the sanctuary of Bealtaine Cottage.
Today is the final day of summer in the Celtic Calendar…Happy Lughnasa!
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