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The Wheel of the Year

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1 Sara Di Diego = "Each festival is ruled by a governing deity, which is connected to whatever region you are in.Work Cited:www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/index.asp"
2 Korin Robinson = "As with most things Celtic, Holidays are multi-layered.  Among the things celebrated at Lughnasadh:Lughnasadh is named for Lugh, the Celtic deity who presides over the arts and sciences. According to Celtic legend, Lugh decreed that a commemorative feast be held each year at the beginning of the harvest season to honor his foster mother, Tailtiu. Tailtiu was the royal Lady of the Fir Bolg. After the defeat of her people by the Tuatha De Dannan, she was obliged by them to clear a vast forest for the purpose of planting grain. She died of exhaustion in the attempt. The legend states that she was buried beneath a great mound named for her, at the spot where the first feast of Lughnasadh was held in Ireland, the hill of Tailte. At this gathering were held games and contests of skill as well as a great feast made up of the first fruits of the summer harvest.Games and contests in honor of the dead were an ancient tradition across Europe. It has been suggested that the Olympic Games may originally have been held to commemorate the deeds of heroes who had died in battle. Offering up a portion of the harvest to the Gods and the Ancestors and feasting in their honor was also a common tradition in Europe and in indigenous cultures throughout the world.As years passed, traditions surrounding the feast at Tailte began to solidify into events and ceremonial activities designed to celebrate not only Tailtiu and the bounty of the harvest that her original sacrifice provided but also to honor the work and sacrifice of human beings as they strove to provide sustenance for their families and communityThe name of Lugh is derived from the old Celtic word "lugio", meaning "an oath". A traditional part of the celebrations surrounding Lughnasadh have been the formation of oaths. From before recorded history into the twentieth century marriages, employment contracts and other bargains of a mundane nature were formed and renewed at this time of year. Since the agricultural year had its culmination in the harvest and the harvest festivals, oaths and contracts that had to wait until after the corps were in could be focused on at this time. Marriages, hiring for the upcoming season and financial arrangements were often a part of the Lughnasadh activities and in many areas fairs were held specifically for the purpose of hiring or matchmaking."
3 Sara Di Diego = "Lammas is a time for bread-making as it is the first day of harvest.  The Gods worshipped at this time are Demeter and Ceres.It is believed that the sun transfers his power into the grain so it can grow.  So when we harvest, he is sacrificing himself so that his people can eat.It is usually celebrated from August 1st to 2nd.Work Cited:www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/index.asp"
4 Sara Di Diego = "Since the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, it is the day where the Sun God is strongest.  Thus people honor with fire.  This fire is also used to ward off evil spirits, purify, and more.Learn More:http://www.thewhitegoddess.co.uk/the_wheel_of_the_year/litha_-_summer_solstice.asp"