August 1st (Northern Hemisphere) marks the first of three Harvests we celebrate through the year . Lammas, a word from Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘loaf mass’ celebrates the first crops of wheat. Bread is often made and shared, as well as feasts, games, and sun related activities.
Happy Bread is a recipe I found the other day that looks perfect to celebrate Lammas. Not only is this a sweet type bread, its formed to look like the sun.
A Hub Page on Lammas– Includes some cool activities such as sacrificing bad habits, and harvesting your own crops or make a day to go out and pick berries and other crops.
PaganLibrary’s page of Lammas- Includes Catherine’s Wheel tradition of rolling a wheel down a hill to mark the end of summer and beginning of the Harvest season.
Lammas is the time of year where you need to finish the goals you’ve set, to plan for the winter ahead, and to consider what you’ll leave behind. It’s a time of being grateful for what you have, to celebrate the food on the table and the shortening days of summer.
My favorite traditions of Lammas;
- Baking, and not just bread. My group celebrates with a feast so we gather together and eat great food, and talk about what we’ve accomplished through the year.
- Crafting. I like working with weaving hemp cord, making jewelry, and working with clay. Its being creative that takes this shape of celebration for me.
What are your favorite traditions? Post in comments.
August first marks the first of three harvest festivals celebrated by many pagan traditions. Some refer to it as Lammas, “Loaf Mass”, celebrating the harvest of the grain crops such as wheat and corn. Berries are also harvested at this time. Some traditions refer to the Sabbat as Lughnasadh (Luna-sa), which celebrates the Irish Sun God, Lugh (pronounced Lu) or a warrior god of the Tuatha De Danaan.
Traditions vary between types of pagans, but most celebrate with feasts and games.
Serve meals with homemade bread, fresh picked berries, and things picked from your garden or locally grown gardens. You might want to visit a local farmer’s market.
Consecrate or honor your gardening tools. Ask for blessings of good harvests in the coming months.
Sacrifice bad habits by throwing symbolic or written images of these habits into the Sabbat fire.
Arrange games for your family to play in the back yard for fun competition.
Traditionally this was a time for pagan weddings, so you might want to consider renewing vows at this time.
Cauldron Corner’s page on Lammas– great ideas posted here.
Watch how Lammas is celebrated:
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Lammas, or ‘loaf mass’, marks the time of the year that you begin celebrating the harvest season. August first celebrates one of three harvests, which include Lammas (Aug 1), Mabon (Sept 19-23), and ending with Samhain (Oct 31).
Celebrating the ‘first fruits’ of the year, Lammas includes a feast of thanksgiving, and honors the Sun/Harvest god(s) of the field. They days grow shorter, the nights lengthen as the Sun weakens in this waning half the year. Preparations of the colder months begin, and the holiday marks a time of bounty.
Many traditions mark this holiday:
Making homemade bread.
Pentacle Wreaths from grapevine
Other Corn crafts
Make Garlic braid
Some sites including rituals for Lammas:
Moonshadow realm– Includes some nice pictures such as a beautiful homemade loaf of bread and some recipes you can make.
About.com Pagan/Wiccan – Includes links for crafts, recipes, and celebrations of Lammas.
Cyberwitch.com – Their page on Lammas is packed with Lammas traditions and history.
A Lammas ritual
Watch a Lammas Ritual on YouTube