One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The first day of August, formerly observed in Britain as a harvest festival, during which bread baked from the first crop of wheat was blessed.
- ‘Celts held the festival of the Irish god Lugh at this time and later, the Anglo-Saxons marked the festival of hlaefmass, loaf mass or Lammas at this time.’
- ‘Kieron asked his mother to buy him a bongo after seeing them played at the Lammas harvest gathering at the Avebury stone circles last August.’
- ‘These might take place on May Day, or Lammas or Hallowe'en on a traditional hill-site - often marked by an ancient and venerated tree on the summit.’
- ‘The Conference, now considered by many to be a Glastonbury institution, is always held to coincide with Lammas, formerly observed as a harvest festival.’
- ‘And once we had a true feast in the little mill house, finer by far than I had ever had at the Priory, even at Lammas when the first harvest was brought in late Summer.’
- ‘The verdant smell of the leaves and wild grasses at Lammas unified my own life-force with the fecundity of the land.’
- ‘August 1 is Lammas, which is a celebration of the first harvest, particularly of grain products.’
- ‘Since Lammas, the days have grown noticeably shorter, and night has fallen earlier with every passing day.’
- ‘Tara was surprised when Scott gladly accompanied her to a Lammas gathering in August.’
- ‘In 1613 Jenkin Conway was granted a patent to hold a fair in Killorglin on every Lammas Day and two days after.’
Old English hlāfmæsse (see loaf, Mass), later interpreted as if it were from lamb + Mass.
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