A Lúnasa Wish

Happy Lúnasa everyone.

Lúnasa is a major holiday for me. It’s the festival of the Heroic God, Lugh.

In Ireland, Lúnasa was once one of the most important annual holidays. The traditions at the heart of the celebration remain alive today in summer fairs around the world.

How do you celebrate Lúnasa? With sports, contests, music, tests of skill, games, food, drink and good company. One of the most unique traditions is a horse race through water. Riding on a swimming horse ain’t easy, so I hear.

(Personally, I’ll stick to regular swimming with my peeps tonight.)

Lúnasa is a chance to showcase your talents, to join in friendly competition, and to make merry with your friends. The best part is, it lasts basically all month.

My only wish for this festival is that more people will join in. Here are three ways you can join the celebration and put a smile on my face:

  1. Buy someone a drink, and raise your glass to Lugh. He is the spirit who inspires us to sacrifice for others.
  2. Spend time playing sports or games with friends. Your laughter is a greater gift than any burnt offering.
  3. Go for a swim!

And please, take a moment to leave a comment and say how you’re celebrating this ancient holiday. What does it mean to you?

Merry Lúnasa all!