In Celtic mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh as a funeral feast and games commemorating his foster-mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture.
It is seen as a time to give thanks to the spirits and deities for the beginning of the harvest season, and to propitiate them with offerings and prayers to not harm the still-ripening crops. The god Lugh is honored by many at this time, as he is a deity of storms and lightning, especially the storms of late summer. However, gentle rain on the day of the festival is seen as his presence and his bestowing of blessings.
Our tuatha concentrates on the story of Lugh and Balor and Lugh’s triumph over the hot and angry god.
Lugh’s perfection of gifts and his cast of the spear reminds us of our time of pride in ourselves and well -won accomplishments and the warriors that fight for them.
We had soft thunder and rain storms during the afternoon, a very sweet reminder that Lugh has heard our please and answered with cooling rain on our hot worries. I wasn’t in a very good modd that day and concerned not attending the feis pretty seriously. but the gods had other things in mind and I was able to relax and celebrate the cooling of the seasons eith the ones I loved.
as tradition we made flower garlands for the hike up the hill and offerings later
I tried a little different design this year and ended up with flower horns…not as pointy as my regular ones but that’s okay.
(Susan, me and Hilary)
(Don, Tom, Ben and Benn)
We hiked up a nreaby hill and had our Ritual with the sun setting and bats and night birds flying around us. We had an offering meal with the spirits of fresh fruits, chocolate, cheese and laughter. We layed our flowers to rest with our accomplishments and looked towards the rising moon into the rest of the year with glad hearts. We then went back to the house and sung, danced and had a good meal of smoked pork, fried chicken, biscuts, salad colard greens, potatoes and onions, mead, blackberry wine and more wonderful time with a Tuatha I love so dearly.