I wanted to share with you some of the notes shared on Story Archaeology’s blog about useful resourses around Lughnasadh the origins of this Irish festival from origins and a link to some of the games played at the “Lunacy Games” linked to in the article.
The subject of Lughnasagh is worthy of a whole podcsst episode on its own, as are any of the traditional Irish festivals. We may well examine these these in more detail sometime in the future.
In essence, however, Lughnasagh is a festival that marks an important phase in the agrarian year. It is the close of the summer, the hay is saved, and produce, crops and stock, close to harvest. Like all of the major festivals, it marks a nexus point in the year and such times have always been marked by rural communities in particular.
Typical of Lughnasagh, have been the holding of fairs, games, feasts, social ceremonies and settling of contracts such as marriage, and a particular focus on visits to hills and high places. Customs have, of course, changed and developed over the centuries but recognisable Lughnasagh customs survive, in a variety of forms, to this day
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