Lammas or Lughnassadh, or Lugnasad celebrates the beginning of the harvest season. In this post, you’ll learn how to celebrate Lammas, the easy way. I’m a fan of low-effort witchcraft or lazy witchcraft and I’m not really into making every Sabbat or Wiccan holiday into a great big thing.
Like most holidays, there is an emphasis on eating and celebrating. This is true for Fourth of July picnics, Thanksgiving dinners, and even Halloween with sugary candy goodness. So my celebrations do involve food.
When and what is Lammas?
Lammas is normally on August 1st. It is an old Celtic holiday celebrated in the UK and it traveled over to America with immigrants. This was typically the time of year when people performed handfasting ceremonies and celebrated the wheat harvest.
How to Celebrate Lammas
Since the wheat crops are in this time of year, a traditional way to celebrate the holiday is to make your own bread. I live in a semi-rural area of Ohio, so I pass by “amber waves of grain” every day. And I absolutely love homemade bread, especially this super lazy, I mean easy no knead bread recipe. If you are feeling exceptionally witchy, you can add a sigil to the top of the bread by cutting the dough. If you’d like to take the super easy lazy witch option, you can buy bread at your local bakery, but this is definitely the time to break out a crusty artisan loaf of something delicious.
This is also the time of year when corn is harvested. There’s even an English folk song about John Barleycorn, who I’m guessing is cousins with Johnny Appleseed. Anyway, it’s just a personification of an important grain in human history.
And I’m talking specifically about corn on the cob, rather than the kind you buy in a can or freezer bag, although you can certainly use those if you like. There’s a farm up the road that has the most delicious corn, straight from the field. And my family has corn every night for nearly a month, beginning in late July or early August until we are absolutely sick of it.
Since I’m making homemade bread, I usually pair it with corn chowder, which is absolutely delicious. And easy to make for a crowd! By the way, it’s a great way to use up extra corn from corn on the cob.
Corn Husk Dolls
You can also make corn husk dolls to celebrate. My parents are from Appalachia and played with corn husk dolls as children, so it’s a great idea if you have little ones or young nieces and nephews. Here’s an excellent tutorial on how to make one. These can also be added to your altar or used in spellwork.
Decorate your Altar
I often do a seasonal altar and then add or subtract items for the particular Sabbat. You might want to add corn husks for the fall/harvest altar. Or add a dish of popcorn kernels or other grains like oatmeal. You can add in additional items like pumpkins or gourds as it gets closer to Samhain.
Since this Sabbat is associated with the harvest, I think it’s a good time to show a little gratitude for the blessings in my life. I light a candle, close my eyes and tell the goddess or the universe what I am grateful for. It is a simple sort of ritual, but it has a big impact on how you see your life. We often focus on what we don’t have instead of what is around us. It’s great to have goals, but we should be thankful for the present as well.
How do you celebrate Lammas? Or how do you intend to celebrate it this year? Tell me in the comments.