Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is one of the 8 Sabbats on the Wheel of the Year. This Pagan festival is named for the Sun god Lugh, the god of craftsmanship and skill, who is thanked for the harvest and offered prayers for the still-ripening crops. Celebrants focus on giving thanks for and eating the delicious bounty of the first harvest, especially the abundant wheat, corn and berries growing at this time. It’s celebrated around August 1, the first of three fall harvest festivals (the next two are Mabon and Samhain).
A big part of this festival is commemorating the foods we make from grain (which become possible with this first harvest). At any Lammas celebration, you’re likely to see homemade breads, beers, etc. because they are the products of combining all five elements, what we refer to this as the “mysteries of the grain.” Think about a loaf of bread for a moment. It is the perfect balance of earth (the grain), air (the bubbles created by the yeast), fire (baking the dough to turn it into bread), water (the liquid used to turn the grain into dough), and spirit (represented by the yeast itself which is the catalyst for the other elements to combine and transform).
Lughnasadh would not be complete without making a corn husk dolly or two. It’s traditional to weave them during ritual to honor Lugh’s craftsmanship and to hold our intentions for what we’d like to harvest in the year ahead. Because it’s easier to show how to make a dolly than to describe, here’s a video by Coleen Renee for you to watch. She will teach you how to make corn dolls using items that reflect your intentions as well as about the Celtic Earth Celebration, Lammas, and how to incorporate corn dolls into your celebration.
Whether you choose to celebrate or not, and however you choose to celebrate, I wish you the brightest of blessings for this first harvest of the year!