Monday, July 31, 2017

3 Ways to Celebrate Lughnasadh (Lammas)



Grab a beer, it's Lughnasadh! Otherwise known as Lammas, the celebration of the harvest. 

As with any Sabbat, Lughnasadh (loo-na-sa)) is a time to honor The Wheel as the sultry summer days give way to cooler nights, that fragrant hint of autumn tantalizing the senses with an alluring aroma so subtle you question if you're imagining it.

For me, I totally am. As I stood in my driveway on the 4th of July, watching the fireworks burst in vivid shimmers over the town, I could swear I smelled the faintest scent of fall. 

...My mother really should have named me Autumn. Strangely, she almost named me Summer. It's like we were sorta on the same page but just a touch off, which is, in essence, our entire relationship. ;)

Falling between summer and autumn, Lughnasadh, which is honored on August 1st, is a Sabbat of transition. Now is the time to reflect on where you are in life and make any needed adjustments. And since Lughnasadh is a harvest celebration, it's also a time to nosh!

If you're looking to celebrate Lughnasadh without spending a dime, here are three easy ways!

Feed the birds
Grain is the most appropriate food for Lughnasadh, and there's something really grounding and spiritually-nourishing about pampering nature's critters on a Sabbat. Grab a bag of seed and head to the park. Make a bird feeder out of pine cones, peanut butter, and seed. Or scatter the seed around your yard. Whatever way you choose, make sure to enjoy the serenity of watching the birds feast! 

Butter some popcorn
As I said above, grain is the food of choice for this Sabbat, so treat yourself to a brimming bowl of buttered popcorn! But don't eat in a rush as we all too often do. Whether you're watching a movie, playing a board game, or simply chowing down with your family, really savor each buttery, crunchy morsel. 


Eat grilled cheese
When was the last time you had a grilled cheese? It's really quite an underrated sandwich if you ask me. 

Bread for Lughnasadh is a very common staple. Why not amp it up with your favorite cheese? Having something simple for dinner, like grilled cheese or even breakfast foods like pancakes, is such a treat after a busy day. Say a blessing over your bread, customize as desired, and relish in the simplicity of the meal and the holiday!


Enjoy the bounty, my friends! And remember, while summer may be coming to a close, that means autumn is on it's way! That is a very, very good thing because October and pumpkins and broomsticks and SAMHAIN!

...I didn't become a Pagan because my favorite holiday was Flag Day, mmmkay?! =P

Happy Lughnasadh!


If you're looking for more ways to celebrate Lughnasadh without spending a dime, check out 3 Ways to Celebrate Lammas.


What's your favorite Lughnasadh treat?


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12 comments:

  1. ANYTHING with blackberries. I grow my own on my little suburban postage stamp here in NJ, and I just had my third harvest. New berries are ready every day. Yesterday I made a lovely crumble. Might do a bread or something with the next batch! ♥

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    1. Blackberry bread sounds delicious!! Never thought to use them that way. I guess because they don't last very long in my house. =P

      Happy Lughnasadh!

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    2. I (surprisingly) still have yet to try this, but it seems like it'd be the best of both worlds for this! Fontina and blackberry grilled cheese http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/06/grilled-fontina-blackberry-basil-smash-sandwiches/

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    3. Haha! You just doubled down on the grilled cheese! Thanks for sharing the link. =D

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  2. I enjoyed your post. :) I just baked bread today because it can take such a long time, so I thought I'd do it a day early! And I wasn't sure how it would come out, lol. It came out quite nice in the end. I'm also planning to make gingerbread tomrrow.

    Happy Lammas/Lughnasadh! :)

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    1. Yum yum gingerbread! Hope you enjoy that treat! Happy Lammas to you and yours!

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  3. Another wonderful post! I baked some of our braided bread & we crafted most of the day. It was lovely. We're ending our evening with popcorn & ale - Thanks for the idea! :)

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    1. Why thank you! Crafting sounds like a splendid way to spend Lughnasadh! Sounds like you had a wonderfully cozy day! ♥

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  4. Love, love, love your newsletters & posts since I also am a true penniless pagan-lol. My small group & I celebrated from sundown on the 31st to sundown on the 1st. We grilled dinner--pork tenderloin AND a grilled filet of half a salmon, buttered & fried squash, potatoes au gratin (homemade, of course) & homemade bread & butter. Washed it all down with iced tea cause it's still hot down here! Settled into a quiet ritual later that evening, asking for blessings and giving gratitude for the harvests we are enjoying. It was a truly blessed evening, followed by a morning sleeping in and an afternoon of wandering the woods to see what the wild places are harvesting just now. Thanks for even more ideas for next Lugh. Can't wait to see what you'll come up with for Samhain. Will you observe the eclipse? We might try to go as a group to TN since our HP is an astronomy buff but since we are genuinely penniless, have no idea how we'll get there! LOL Just have to see what blessings come our way and keep on casting! BB

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I'm really happy to know you're enjoying the site! ♥

      Okay, your Lughnasadh sounds awesome! Celebrating all night is killer, but you really sold me with the potatoes au gratin! Haha! =P

      There will definitely be some magick afoot on the eclipse despite being too far south to see it. I hope you make it up to Tennessee! Safe travels!

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  5. My mother's banana nut bread, it's very comforting.
    ~Rain

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    1. Yum yum! I hope you enjoyed...maybe with a cozy cup of tea? =D Happy Lughnasadh!

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