Lughnasadh, also known
as Lammas, August Eve, The Festival of Bread, Elembiuos, Lunasa,
Cornucopia (Strega), Thingtide (Teutonic), is the first of the pagan harvest
rituals. It is named for Lugh, the Irish Sun God. It is the festival in which
Lugh is honoured.
Lughnasadh is primarily a grain harvest, one in which corn, wheat, barley and
grain products such as bread are prominently featured. Fruits and vegetables
which ripen in late summer are also a part of the traditional feast.
During Lughnasadh the Goddess is honored as the Queen of Abundance and the God,
the Father of Prosperity. It is a time when the Goddess is a new Mother. A feast
of grains, breads, and early summer fruits and vegetables is held in the Deity's
The threshing of precious grain was once seen as a sacred act, and threshing
houses had small wooden panels under the door so that no loose grain could
escape. This is the original meaning of our modern word "threshold".
From "Celtic Myth and Magick" by