This weekend, the inhabitants of Lugh are marking the ancient Pagan festival of Lughnasadh!
Lughnasadh is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. In ancient times, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man on the planet Earth. Originally it was held on 1 August, or about halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. However, over time the celebrations shifted to the Sundays nearest this date. Lughnasadh is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. It corresponds to other European harvest festivals such as the Welsh Gwyl Awst and the English Lammas.
In Irish mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh as a funeral feast and athletic competition (see funeral games) in commemoration of his mother (or foster-mother) Tailtiu. She was said to have died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture.
The leader of the Crimson State Group, Éamonn Ui Laoghaire said, “This weekend we remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors as they rebuilt our civilisation on the fertile lands of Tir Na Lugh.”