I wanted to pop in today to wish everyone, Pagan or not, a Happy Lughnasadh. For the record, as it’s a dicey looking word (many Gaelic words are), it’s pronounced “loo-nah-sod” or “loo-nah-sad”.
In Pagan tradition, Lughnasadh (or Lammas, meaning ‘loaf-mass’) is the first of the 3* harvests. It introduces the transition of summer into autumn and is often celebrated as a grain festival. By some contrast, the next holiday, Mabon (or Autumn Equinox) is often considered a wine festival.
There are many ways to celebrate, from a simple meditation to a full-blown ritual. It could be a baking of bread that is consecrated (blessed) before eating. If eating freshly harvested foods, don’t forget to save the seeds, for it is said that, if they sprout the next year, one should plant it as a connection with the Divine. This seems to go especially for trees, such as apple. However one chooses to revel, the main point is to mindfully recognize where the Wheel of the Year currently sits and express gratitude for/reflect on/celebrate/etc. your place as part of Nature.
There is also some lore involved with the holiday, much of it Celtic, but I won’t get too far into it today. I intend to create a series on the Pagan holidays soon enough, so there’s no need to be redundant. 🙂
As I said before, whether you’re Pagan or not…enjoy your day!
*According to some traditions, Samhain (pronounced sow-en, not sam-hane) is not counted as the third harvest.