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Merry Lugh

Lughnasadh (Lughnasa, Lúnasa, Lunasdal or Lammas but I prefer just Lugh) is a Gaelic holiday celebrated on the full moon nearest the midpoint between the summer solstice and autumnal equinox, during the time of the harvesting. No fixed calendar date could exist because the Celtic calendar was based on the lunar, solar, and vegetative cycles. Lugnasadh was one of the four main festivals of the medieval Irish calendar: Imbolc, Beltaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. Lughnasadh marked the beginning of the harvest season and was therefore a festival of celebrating Mother Earth and the abundance of nature. Lughnasadh translates as "Lughs wedding" and was dedicated to Lugh, a Sun God of Celtic mythology. Lughnasadh festivals lasted from 15 July until 15 August. Aside from three days of religious rituals, the celebrations were a time for contests of strength and skill. In Ireland, during the Middle Ages, important Lughnasa celebrations were held at Taltiu (modern Teltown ) and Carmun (whose exact location is under dispute). Both locations are named for women who appear to be localized manifestations of the earth goddess.

Nowadays the date seems forgoten, but not for me: I wish you all a Merry Lugh! ;-)