Celebrating Lughnasadh (Lammas) by Gypsy Willowmoon

Lughnasadh or Lammas - is a Celtic festival celebrating the first harvest - when the first grains, fruit and corn would be ready to harvest.

As a family we grow our own vegetables and fruit in our garden: Gooseberries, rhubarb, raspberries, apples, pumpkins, potatoes, cabbages, lettuce, peas, cherries, squashes etc so we are very in tune with the seasons - Plus the children love helping and watching everything grow.

I use Lughnasadh as a time to reflect on the year, and to release things that are no longer working for me/us in life.

I thought it would be nice to share how we celebrate as a family...

With the children, I make a big batch of salt dough then cut it into batches. The children then have a choice of what they would like to make.... Either a salt dough Goddess/God, sunflowers, corn on the cob, fruit or altar decorations for the ritual, you can fill it with intention, use essential oils and or herbs etc. Let your imagination run wild - You could also use Fimo instead, which comes in a variety of colours.

A children’s altar & altar decorations for themselves (this altar only needs to be tea saucer size)

Once the dough has been baked, you can then choose to paint and varnish them, if you would like to keep them for longer.

We make bread, just using a basic bread recipe, you could add in herbs and spices to suit your needs/wants perhaps sunflower seeds to represent Lugh.

We go berry picking and make a fruit crumble with our yield, or fruit pies.

Something new I am trying this year with the girls, is a gratitude tub - everyday (or when they remember). They will write something that they are grateful for on a piece of paper and put it in the tub - to be opened and read out later in the year around the fire.