Friday, June 15, 2012
[Pagan Blog Project] L is for Lughnasadh, or August Eve
Lughnasadh celebrates the first harvest of the year. It is the first of three harvest festivals (the other two being Mabon and Samhain.) It also has the distinction of being the one Wiccan/Pagan holiday with which I cannot seem to connect.
I WANT to celebrate it. It marks the end of summer, and the fact that there’s FOOD. Both GREAT reasons to party. Yet, I can’t seem to get into it. I have to really try in order to not totally forget it, and even when I remember I often leave any planning to the last minute, or find I’ve not made enough time to do anything to celebrate it.
I know the two reasons I have so much trouble with it. First of all, it’s not marked by some definite event, like a solstice or an equinox. Secondly, when the Christians stole it (and called it Lammas) they didn’t make a big deal of it, like they did for Samhain, Yule, and Ostara (All Hallow’s Eve, Christmas, and Easter.) As a consequence, I didn’t grow up celebrating its descendant, either. And perhaps a third reason is that I don’t particularly follow Celtic traditions, so it didn’t appeal to me from that perspective. I’ve recently learned that early Wiccans called it “August Eve.” This is much more attractive to me, personally.
Maybe, armed with knowledge of this older name, I will be able to connect with it this year!