Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh , is a cross quarter day, landing halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox. It is a festival in celebration of the beginning of harvest season. Lammas denotes the end of summer and beginning of fall.
This day is traditionally celebrated with games, sporting events and the first signs of harvest (as decorations and food). One possibility for decoration and dress is to wear flowers, especially yellow ones to symbolize the sun. It is a festival of bread, and the grain goddesses Ceres and Demeter. It is a time to celebrate strength, fullness of life and good health. Just as some traditions hold the Sun God dies at Summer Solstice, others hold he dies on Lammas.
As all farmers know, to bring in the harvest you must cut down the wheat. For something to be created something must be destroyed. For things to live, others must die. Lammas is a celebration of the circle of life. It is a day to honor freedom and fairness and to meditate on your hopes and fears, struggles and choices you need to make.
Lammas is also a day to honor the teachers in our lives and remember all they give of themselves. We are harvesting thr fruits of their labor. A couple of words to honor teachers are very fitting in a ceremony for this day. You might even take the time to call or send a note to the people who have taught you some of your harder lessons.
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Local places to research Lammas:
Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Gateways Books & Gift
Bookshop Santa Cruz
The Sacred Grove