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On the old Celtic  calendar August 1st was the festival of Lughnasa  or more commonly known as Lammas (loaf mass).  It was a day  set aside to honor the Celtic sun god known as Lugh, It was also a time when the fairies would bless the grain and help the harvest to ripen. Anyone caught being too lazy to assist in the harvest might get a kick in the rear from the angry fairy folks. On this night a great procession of fairies could be seen wandering over the land,  Lughnasa was a time when great harvest festivals were held to celebrate the all important harvest.It was believed that this was the day when the Lugh the shining one) would battle Balor the lord of darkness. Lughnasa was adopted by the Anglican church and made into Lammas. At this time the harvest was brought into the church to be blessed and was a kind fo Thanksgiving  was held.  Lanasa was another name for August as well.