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August 1st, 2006

Happy Lammas!

Here's a little excerpt from The Halloween Encyclopedia:

LAMMAS DAY – A festival of the first harvest celebrated August 1; in the Celtic calendar the day was Lughnasad, and was a quarter-day. The name derives from “loaf” and “mass”, as it was customary in the early English Church to bless bread made from the first-ripe corn at Mass on this day. A later explanation suggested that it derived from “lamb” and “Mass”, denoting that it was a time at which a feudal tribute of lambs was paid (at York). Like Halloween or Samhain, Lammas Day was a time to practice certain protective rites against fairies and witches.

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Yay - only three more months 'til Halloween!