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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One of those will be the sixth annual Celtic Lughnasadh Games & Fair, scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.
People have been invited to go to Castle Hill above Almondbury on Saturday August 1 to greet Lughnasadh (pronounced loo''nass''ah) which was the first harvest of the year in ancient times.
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.
The Celtic harvest season began when the first crops were gathered at Lughnasadh, named after the Celtic sun god Lugh.
It was known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in) and was one of four great Celtic festivals, which also included Imbolc (February 1) Beltane (May 1) and Lughnasadh (August 1).
The holidays most widely celebrated by Pagans are the summer and winter solstices, the spring and autumn equinoxes, and four holidays of Celtic origin that fall in between: Samhain (pronounced SOW-in) (October 31), Imbolc (February 2), Beltane (May 1), and Lammas or Lughnasadh (usually pronounced LOO-nah-sah) (August 2).
You got to like liver and heart," said Cathy Van Epps of Lebanon, who was serving up haggis, bangers (a sausage made of pork, beef and Scottish oatmeal) and shepherd's pie (a dish of mashed potato and minced beef) at the seventh annual Celtic Lughnasadh (loo-na-saah) Sunday.