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Lammas, Lammas Day, August 1(noun)
commemorates Saint Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison; a quarter day in Scotland; a harvest festival in England
(England) former festival held on 1st August celebrating the harvest.
1st August, a quarter day
A modern pagan festival celebrated in early August celebrating the start of the grain harvest.
Origin: from Old English hlafmæsse (loaf mass, harvest festival)
the first day of August; -- called also Lammas day, and Lammastide
Origin: [AS. hlmmesse, hlfmsse, loaf mass, bread feast, or feast of first fruits; hlf loaf + msse mass. See Loaf, and Mass religious service.]
In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, August 1 is Lammas Day, the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide. The loaf was blessed, and in Anglo-Saxon England it might be employed afterwards to work magic: A book of Anglo-Saxon charms directed that the lammas bread be broken into four bits, which were to be placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the garnered grain. In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before the first day of August. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called "the feast of first fruits". The blessing of first fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first or the sixth of August. Lammas coincides with the feast of St. Peter in Chains, commemorating St. Peter's miraculous deliverance from prison.
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