Michael (eumelosdrizzle) wrote in romano_celtic,

Still here and August Festivals

I'm still here, but have been really busy - sorry.  What are peoples thoughts on celebrating Lughnasadh from a Romano-Celtic perspective.  Is it appropriate, inappropriate?  What sorts of themes could carry over, are there are any strong Roman cross-overs at this time of year?

Here are the list of festivals I recorded earlier, and there are room for more! 

August – Lughnasadh, Opalia, Vertumnalia, Nemoralia, Portunalia, Vinalia Rustica, Consualia, Vulcanalia, Opiconsivia, Volturnalia

Of those, I can see some thematic similarities, which probably have to do with the harvest and with the agricultural cycle in general in any case.  I find it interesting that we seem to have protectors of cattle, fire festivals, and deities having to do with plants and agriculture, earth and fertility, overlapping.  This is relatively stream of consciousness on my part here - and I'd be really pleased to have a discussion with others on these topics.
Tags: august, consualia, festivals, lughnasadh, nemoralia, opalia, opiconsivia, portunalia, vertumnalia, vinalia rustica, volturnalia, vulcanalia
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I remain silent not from disinterest, but from lack of knowledge. Agricultural festivals, whether Roman or Celtic, are simply not my forte. Hopefully someone else can speak intelligently about it.
I suggest going to a market, a local farmer's market is best, and gathering a bit of feast (for however many); that way you can make a nice simple and straightforward harvest celebration without being overly elaborate. Plus, the money goes to the farmers, which is always a good thing. That is, if you were interested in trying it out this year. A simple offering of wine,and a portion of the meal are usually as far as I go on my own. We usually include games and other fun festivities when doing something in a group.

I hope somebody can speak to it a little bit, over on the religioromana list we got a little bit of discussion on some of the Roman rituals, in this case the Torch Festival for Diana.
Well from a Romano-Celtic persective its not at all clear that the Irish Lughnassadh dates as far back. Lugus is attested, notably in Spain. And we do have a festival on the 1st of August, in Gaul, celebrated at the Condate altar outside Lyon (Lugudunnum) - where representatives of all the nations of the three Gauls met to celebrate the cult of Augustus.
This is the third time I've tried to respond to this - one of the problems with using a laptop I guess.

I think that even if Lughnasadh itself doesn't go that far back, that the plethora of harvest related activities that occur in August makes it worth considering how one could choose to celebrate the harvest from a Romano-Celtic perspective.

I think its just great that we have a gathering of Gauls on the 1rst of August just outside of Lyons. It may not be historically significant that it was held in a place that has clear connections with Lugus, but it is certainly compelling. I wonder, is there evidence for such a gathering prior to the cult of Augustus in the region?