Lughnasadh is on the 1st August and is the traditional start of the harvest season in the Celtic tradition. In Christian cultures, Lammas is on the same day and was once known as Loaf-Mass Day, bread made from the first harvested grains being brought to church.
Lughnasadh is a time of feasting, fruits and handfasting. In her wonderful book “Letting in the Wild Edges” Glennie Kindred talks of this time as the Edge of Autumn, seeds are forming, fruits are ripening and many of us are enjoying eating and being outdoors, maybe even going to festivals. In the past clan gatherings would reflect our modern festivals, a time to see friends and family who live far from us. The tradition continues in many parts of the Highlands of Scotland, with pipers, swimming and – with our friend Clare Holohan in Lochaline – maybe some bellydancing.
We’re going to be celebrating with lots of feasting and foraging, collecting plants to use in our dispensary over the next year. The focus this season is vulnerary / wound healing herbs like Comfrey, Meadowsweet, Yarrow and St. John’s Wort, some to dry, others to tincture and many to make infused oils for damaged and irritated skin.