The festival of Lammas falls on the 1st August, and marks the peak of Summer and the first grain harvest. The first harvest should now be gathered in, although this year, the prolonged heatwave is causing issues for farmers, bringing our awareness to just how dependant we are on the weather and nature to produce our food. This is the food which will sustain us through the cold dark days of winter and provide seed to be planted in spring for next years harvest. We are also starting to see the first fruits of the harvest…..the fruits of our labours. Some trees such as Rowan are yielding bright red berries. Brambles also show ripening fruit, as do apple and pear trees. In this day and age, when food is mass produced and imported from all around the world, it is easy to lose touch with the natural cycle of things.
Lammas is a time for feasting and play. As the Sun’s energy begins to wane it is appropriate to give thanks for the active growth period which has given rise to such bounty. It is once again time to turn our focus of attention inwards in order to assimilate and understand on a deeper level what we have manifested. Are we starting to see the desires we held at the start of the year beginning to unfold?
This festival is also a traditional time to hold horse fairs and horse racing in honour of Rhiannon – Horse Goddess of the Underworld.
Following are some activities associated with the festival of Lammas which you may like to participate in…..
•Gather with friends, light a fire or barbecue and celebrate, staying up until dawn
•Bake bread, biscuits or cakes to honour the grain harvest
•Appreciate our abundance of food and remember all those in the world who are suffering through lack of food.
•Try and see your life in a positive light and count your blessings
•Ask everyone to bring something for a basket of abundance and then donate it to a local homeless shelter or food bank