Getting our flowers ready for the first harvest festival

Beloved Flower Lover,

Inspired by finding a foxes skull at a local Kent farm and getting ready for the first harvest, we created this gift!

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This got our minds thinking, so after deciding to explore the history of first harvest, we found the following on Wikipedia( N.B:We acknowledge that Wikipedia is not an academic source but a good start for references)

Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced /ˈlnəsə/LOO-nə-səIrishLúnasa/ˈl̪ˠuːn̪ˠəsˠə/Scottish GaelicLùnastal[ˈl̪ˠu:nəsd̥əl̪ˠ]ManxLuanistyn[ˈluanɪst̪ən]) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout IrelandScotland and the Isle of Man.

Originally it was held on 1 August, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. However, over time the celebrations shifted to the Sundays nearest this date. Lughnasadh is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with SamhainImbolc and Beltane. It corresponds to other European harvest festivals such as the Welsh Gŵyl Awst and the English Lammas.

 

According to folklorist Máire MacNeill, evidence shows that the religious rites included an offering of the ‘first fruits‘, a feast of the new food and of bilberries, the sacrifice of a bull and a ritual dance-play in which Lugh seizes the harvest for mankind and defeats the powers of blight. Much of the activities would have taken place on top of hills and mountains.

We had no idea, but we found more on wikipedia- (yes its not the best source, but it gives us some ideas)

An early harvest festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning ‘loaf Mass’.

Farmers made loaves of bread from the fresh wheat crop. These were given to the local church as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the harvest.

|What are you grateful for? What gift will you give from your harvest?

The Team,

 

The London Flower Lover

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