Sunday, the 1st of August, is Lammas Day!
Now, this may be one of those days you don't know about so the Hermit...with a little help from the Almanac, is going to share a bit of it's history with you!
This is another one of those days that started out as a pagan holiday that was adopted by the Church, changed to meet their needs, and allowed to continue. That was nice of them, don't you think?
Lammas Day—August 1Lammas Day marks the beginning of the harvest. In old England, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain, consecrated in churches, and eaten.
From the Old English hlaf, “loaf,” and maesse, “mass” or “feast,” Lammas is very old indeed.
It derives from the ancient English festival called the Gule of August, which marked the beginning of the harvest, traditionally August 1. The early English church kept this pagan dedication of the first fruit but converted it to Christian usage.
After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day. –proverb
Ya see? The Hermit is just a warehouse of almost useless information! Always glad to share these obscure bits of history with you!
Now, how about some coffee or iced tea on the patio? Looks like rain, but that's nothing new lately!