By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Jul 17, 2015
Post # 3
The festival has many names, all over Europe. Here in England the name is Lammas. It celebrates the first Harvest of the year, and is a Sabbat. What the altar is dressed with would depend on the country harvest.In the UK the first harvest is all the "table" vegetables. The second harvest,corn,wheat,etc. is at Mabon. The main ceremony of Lammas, at least in the UK, is to climb the nearest mountain (or big hill!). In some of the more remote villages they still have the wild goat,Mr Puck, and parade him around the village. But that ceremony has just about died out these days.
Celebrations (in the UK) start in the evening of July 31 until the evening of August 1st. Some groups spend all night on top of the mountain or hill!
As Brysing said it's for the first harvest. Personally I spend it outside, and I eat seasonal fruit, vegetables and make home made bread. I decorate my altar with greens, the vegetables from my garden [or the seasonal vegetables I bought since I'm in an apartment now and don't have a garden] I also love sunflowers and usually have a bouquet on the altar.
By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Jul 19, 2015
Post # 6
Nicole, at one time all mountains were sacred in Pagan beliefs. In Ireland there is a very famous sacred mountain,the name escapes me at the moment. Thousands of people climb it as a "pilgrimage" at Lammas.
My grapes are about ready to eat. They are still a bit tangy now. I will celebrate symbolically, since we have harvest at different times of year here. Life continues in a circle, with seasons having meanings. Love that!