The wheel of the year keeps turning, and this time, we are taking a closer look at Lammas, the pagan festival that falls on August 1st.
I love this festival, probably more than most. This is the first of three harvest fstivals, where the first crops of the season are harvested and the community would often get together to celebrate! Grains were the major harvest of this time, so Lammas was often seen as a bread festival. Grapes were traditionally harvested at this time as well, and wines were made and stored away to ferment. Fruits like apples, peaches, and pears were also harvested at this time, and summer squash was picked and stored away for the winter.
I love the warm harvest of August. This is the time of year that features county fairs and long days in fields on tractors. I remember my Mamaw baking fresh bread in her kitchen, and my papaw handing me empty buckets to go collect beans and tomatoes from the garden.
In my own garden, the last of my blueberries are ripening and ready to pick. My tomatoes were late this year, so they still look rather green, but my roses are experiencing a full second bloom. The last of my lavender seedlings from last month are finally starting to sprout, and my very-late sugar pumpkins are flowering!
This year for the holiday, we are keeping it low key. I don't have anything to harvest, beyond a handful of blueberries every day or so. It's fun seeing my late fall veggies start rolling in, though. I think I will spend the day working in fiber arts. I am almost finished with a campfire hoodie for myself and I have the yarn ready to go to make a simple lap blanket for this winter. When fall rolls around, I almost always have a crochet needle in hand!
I hope that you all have a safe, festive, fruitful Lammas, and we will look forward as the wheel of the year rolls around to Mabon in September!
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