Forest Temple: Lughnasadh / Lammas
Time & Location
About the Program
Join us for our upcoming celebratory gathering of Lughnasadh / Lammas!
Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-nuh-suh) is one of the four Celtic fire festivals, also known as sabbats, and marks the beginning of harvest season.
It was during this time that farmers reaped the first ears of wheat, barley, and in later centuries, dug up the first of the potatoes. It was also a time when soft fruits ripened. Of course, depending on where you are, the timing of harvest seasons may vary, so forming traditions around the seasonal cycles where you live is greatly encouraged.
The great Lughnasadh assemblies in early Celtic culture celebrated both the first fruits of the land and the "ripened" talents of human society, which is why these great gatherings featured races, games, athletics and were also festivals of the arts. In Celtic tradition, it was recognized that a plentiful harvest could not be won without the cooperation of the earth goddess.
Now that most of us in the Western world take plentiful, year-round food for granted, it is hard for us to imagine the relief and gratitude our ancestors must have felt when harvest time began. The abundance of the land fed the bellies and spirit of the people, a cause for community celebrations and feasting.
The gathering will be casual and celebratory with hope of music, singing, games, sharing stories, food, craft making (in this case, corn husk dollies) and simply enjoying each other's presence.
You are welcome to stop by for a minute or stay the whole thing! Have your own family or cultural rituals around this time of the year? We'd love for you to share it.
We ask that you bring whatever you need to be most comfortable. Other things to consider bringing might include:
- Bug spray, sun screen...
- - A blanket to lounge on in the grass
- - Games, musical instruments, etc.
- - Food to share if you feel inclined... think about what's in harvest. Meaningful meals during this time of the year include fresh loaves of bread, yummy sweets like blueberry jams, fruit infused water or special drinks, really anything bursting from the garden.
We will meet at the Grandmother Oak Tree (not far from parking) at Common Ground Ecovillage (Address: 1031 N. Frazier Rd. Mebane, NC 27302). If you intend on coming, please RSVP. You are MORE than welcome to invite or bring along anyone else who you think would enjoy taking part!
To learn more about this particular celebration, you can read our latest blog post here.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
A NOTE ON COVID-19:
Out of respect for one another, we ask that all attendees come prepared to honor social distancing guidelines with masks as optional.