Here's wishing everyone a Happy Lughnasadh or Lammas to everyone out there. This day is in celebrating the first of the three harvest days and in honor of the god Lugh. Lugh is an old man at this time and has just started to lose some of his strength as the sun now rises farther in the South each day. As a consequence the night grow longer and longer. This is the turning toward Autumn. The church calls this day Lammas which means "loaf mass". Bread and grain figures deeply into this part of the celebration. The tradition my family and I carry on is the baking of a "loaf man" to have with our celebratory dinner in honor of the god Lugh and a corn dolly in honor of the maiden. This dolly is often stuffed with petition papers and prayers of thanksgiving. After our dinner we ritually burn her as an offering and send our prayers out into the ether.
So whatever your tradition have a Blessed Lughnasadh!