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Lammas Day
1st August 2018
Lammastide corresponds to the Hebrew Feast of Weeks when a sheaf of the first barley harvest was offered (Leviticus 23: 9, Numbers 28: 26-31 and Deuteronomy 16: 10,16). Lammas Day itself is celebrated on 1st August but the season continues through August. The word “Lammas” first appeared in writings of King Alfred and is thought to be derived from an English word for “loaf” followed by “mass”. In the early English church it was customary to consecrate bread made from the first ripe corn on this day, probably in thanksgiving for the harvest.


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