Lughnasadh occurs every August 1st. It is the first of three harvest feasts. This one has fresh veggies and grain as its mainstays. The tradition is to shape bread into a representation of the Green Man (Lugh).
About the God Lugh
Lugh is a Celtic god who was once worshipped across Western Europe and the British Isles. Other names for him are Lug, Luc, Master of All Skills, and The Shining One. In Wales he is known as Lleu Llaw Gyffes, which means Bright One of Skillful Hand, and in other parts of Europe he was known as Lugos, or Raven.
He is the lord of the sun, light, victory, craftsmanship, and war. Lugh’s favored people are physicians, soldiers, warriors, artists, artisans, crafts people, and poets. He’s considered a master poet, warrior, sorcerer, metalworker, cupbearer, physician, harper, and builder.
Lugh is known for using spears in battle, writing poetry, and playing the harp. His planet is the Sun, his plant is red corn cockles, his bird is the raven, and his animals are the lion and horse.
According to Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses by Judika Illes, “At least fourteen European cities are named for Lugh including Laon, Leyden, Loudon, and Lyon. Lyon’s old name was Lugdunum, meaning “Lugh’s Fort.” That city is believed to have been his cult center. Its coins bore the images of ravens, which may be a reference to Lugh. Carlisle in England, the former Lugubalium, is also named in Lugh’s honor. Some theorize that Lugh’s name is reflected in an older name for Paris: Lutetia. The Romans identified Lugh with Mercury. Many European churches dedicated to Michael the Archangel are believed to have been built over sites once dedicated to Lugh. Post-Christianity many of Lugh’s sacred functions were reassigned to saints like Patrick and Luke.”https://www.kajoralovely.com/lovely-blog/2019/7/28/lughnasadh
In my house I shape my homage item to the Green Man out of pizza.
I couple that with first harvest items from our garden.
The zucchini was breaded and then baked (my hubby prefers them deep fried, but he doesn't need all that grease).
Add to that some other fresh veggies.
Voila - a feast fit for a Pagan family - or at least some of us are Pagan - others just like the food....
Gaelic words, if i hear them before I see them, make sense to my brain. If I see them before I hear them, not so much.
A friend of mine has a son whose name is spelled Ceallaigh... That is Kelly for the uninitiated.
Thank you for posting!
Do you grow and use amaranth? Very versatile plants
I'm with your husband on the zucchini - I'd fry it and to heck with worrying about the grease. I just ate pizza for lunch today - ham slices on the cheese (a double sin).
Maybe I will fry up the next one.
zucchini used to be my favorite vegetable, until my first successful garden came in. I had obviously over planted and couldn't eat or give it all away. we had it in every possible method of preparation. I finally took a garden hoe to all but one plant and then refused to eat any for about a decade.
Too much of something, even a good thing, can lead to that. What I used to love and have not eaten for many years is zucchini bread.
I always learn so much from your stories Veronica. Thank you.
Thank you. I will keep putting them up.
I love feast days.