Happy Harvest Season!
It’s not always easy following the seasonal holidays of our ancestors.
In this day and age, bread is available year round, every day at your local supermarket or even the corner gas station.
But a long time ago, bread was something special. Our ancestors had to grow the grains, harvest them, store enough for the year, mill the grain into flour and then bake it into bread.
This time of year marked to first harvest of grain. It symbolized the beginning of the end of summer and the celebration of of all the hard work they've done and a promise that they would survive the dark months.
The Anglo-Saxon word is hlaf-mass or loaf mass and a loaf of bread made from the first harvest was brought to church to be blessed. Th corners of the loaf were then placed in the corners of the home to bless the house and ensure enough food for the year.
Lammas was also considered The Feast of First Fruits and the first garden harvest was also blessed and considered special.
Lammas is also called Lughnasadh. It's the same festival with the added bonus of honoring Lugh, the Celtic Craftsman God, who was known and revered for his many skills and distribution of talent.
*He may just be The Renaissance Man's new favorite Deity*