Lammas, or Lughnasadh

August 1st is Lammas, the first harvest. The word “Lammas” comes from the phrase “loaf mass,” and enjoying fresh bread made from wheat or corn can be part of the celebration.

It is the first of the three autumn festivals, the other two being the Autumn Equinox (Mabon), and Samhain. In the Gaelic tradition, it is called Lughnasadh and is one of the four seasonal festivals or Cross-Quarter Days that also include Samhain, Imbolc, and Beltane.


Generally speaking, this is a holiday that celebrates a time of plenty and reaping success after all the hard work of the light time of year. The crops are becoming full and ripe, and it’s time to enjoy the first harvest. We reap what we sow, and recognise that the days are going to get shorter as the dark side of the wheel approaches.

Some of the foods associated with Lammas include apples, grapes, berries, root vegetables, and of course freshly baked bread!

In the coven I attend, Lammas is the last festival on the light side of the year, when we wear all white. When we gather next at Mabon, it will be time to wear all black again. Much easier on my closet!