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Celebrating Summer’s End

The ancient customs of the Celtic festival Lughnasa, and how you can honor the holiday today.

By Waverly Fitzgerald

Modern pagans celebrate the wheel of the year with eight seasonal holidays””the solstices and equinoxes and the cross-quarter-days in between. The ancient Celtic festival Lughnasa (pronounced loonasah), falling midway between summer solstice and autumn equinox, marks the end of summer and the beginning of the harvest. The Anglo-Saxons called it Lammas, for loaf-mass, after the blessing of bread, made from the first harvest of grain. Today, most pagans observe the holiday on August 1.

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