As the temperature in England soars this week we are celebrating Lughnasa, the late summer festival halfway between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox.
Lughnasa was first named after the Irish hero Lugh, who many think of as a sun god. In later times, Lughnasa was named Lammas – ‘loaf-mass’ – a time to bless the newly baked bread and give thanks for the harvest of grain.
Celebrate with us by taking this Lughnasa Imaginary Journey, from The Children’s Forest: Stories and songs, wild food, crafts and celebrations all year round.
For more Lughnasa-inspired stories and activities, and other seasonal stories and crafts see The Children’s Forest: Stories and songs, wild food, crafts and celebrations all year round by Dawn Casey, Anna Richardson and Helen d’Ascoli.