Lammas Customs and Traditions

The early harvest and the threshing of grain has been celebrated for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the customs and legends surrounding the Lammas season.

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There are a lot of myths and folklore surrounding Lammas, or Lughnasadh. Learn about some of the stories about this magical harvest Sabbat! Legends and Lore of the Lammas Season

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There are a number of deities associated with the growth and harvest of crops. Image © Photodisc/Getty Images; Licensed to About.com

In nearly every ancient culture, Lammas was a time of celebration of the agricultural significance of the season. Because of this, it was also a time when many gods and goddesses were honored. Meet some of the many deities who are connected with the early harvest season. Deities of the Fields

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John Barleycorn symbolizes not only the harvest, but the products made from it as well. Image by ULTRA.F/Photodisc/Getty Images

A traditional English harvest legend is the story of John Barleycorn, whose tale is a metaphor for the cycle of grain, and includes birth, suffering, death and eventual rebirth. The Legend of John Barleycorn

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The caber toss is one of many events held at Highland Games during the Lammas season. Image by J&L Images/Stockybyte/Getty Images

Around Lammas, country fairs and other early harvest celebrations became a popular custom. Find out how and why this late summer Sabbat was celebrated in rural areas. Country Fairs and Harvest Celebrations

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Vulcan was the god of the forge, honored during the Vulcanalia festival. Image by DC Productions/Photodisc/Getty Images

In ancient Rome, every August 23 was the celebration of Vulcan (or Volcanus) the god of fire and volcanoes. He was honored with sacrifices in hopes of protecting the city from devastating fire. Learn more about this ancient celebration, and how you can incorporate it into your summer celebrations. What was the Vulcanalia?

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The Spirit of the Grain

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Lammas is a time to celebrate the harvesting of grain. Image by Raimund Linke/Stone/Getty Images

The idea of honoring a "corn mother" at Lammas time is hardly a European invention. Cultures around the world have long celebrated the spirit embodied in the harvested crops each autumn. The Spirit of the Grain

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Bread has been used as sacrifice in rituals in many cultures. Image by A Carmichael/Stone/Getty Images

Did you know that there are number of folktales and legends surrounding bread? During the Lammas season, when grain is being harvested and threshed, take advantage of some of the magical aspects of bread. Bread Folklore and Legend

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There are plenty of myths and legends about the magic of corn. Image by Garry Gay/Photographer's Choice/Getty Imagse

Corn is a grain that has been part of our diet for thousands of years. Because it's so hardy and versatile, there have been numerous legends, myths and folktales surrounding its planting, cultivation, and harvest. Corn Myths and Magic

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The goddess Ceres taught man how to prepare grain once it was ready to be threshed. Image by Laurie Rubin/Image Bank/Getty Images

In many countries, the harvesting of the final sheaf of grain was cause for celebration. Find out why this Lughnasadh tradition was so special in the countries of the British Isles. The Final Sheaf

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Lammas, or Lughnasadh, is a time of magical energy in some traditions. Let's look at some of the seasonal magic of Lammas/Lughnasadh. The Magic of Lammas/Lughnasadh