Lughnasadh


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Lughnasadh

(ˈluːnasa)
n
(Other Non-Christian Religions) an ancient Celtic festival held on Aug 1. It is also celebrated by modern pagans. Also called: Lammas
[from Old Irish]
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He added: "It is also fitting that one cultural tradition is used to build on another - known as Calan Awst, Lammas or Lughnasadh, which historically commemorated the first harvest festival.
It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals - along with Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain - and corresponds to the Welsh Gwyl Fair y Canhwyllau.
For Lunasa - the accent goes on the first syllable, and the name derives from the Gaelic festival of Lughnasadh that celebrated the start of harvest - are now widely regarded as the finest contemporary Irish instrumental band around.
The band is named after Lughnasadh, an ancient Irish harvest festival, and currently includes Crawford on flute, low whistles and tin whistles; Sean Smyth on fiddle and low whistles; Trevor Hutchinson on double bass; Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistles; and newest member Ed Boyd on guitar.
Thus, he refers constantly to the so-called "Pagan Wheel of the Year," a festival cycle limited to Wicca and other syncretic Celtic/Germanic Pagan religions, even though "Wheel of the Year" festivals such as Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Yule are irrelevant within historical and contemporary Pagan religions that originate in, say, Mediterranean or Eastern European regions.