This Sunday’s Service – Lughnasadh: Celtic Celebration of First Harvest

July 29 Service at 10:30 AM

Cathy Sullivan-Bradley


Lughnasadh (pronounced: Loo-na-sah) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Originally celebrated on August 1, or about halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Folkloric evidence shows that the religious rites included an offering of the “first fruits”, the sacrifice of a bull and a ritual dance-play in which the god Lugh seizes the harvest for mankind and defeats the powers of blight.