It was upon a Lammas night,
When corn rigs are bonnie
Beneath the moon's unclouded light,
I held awe' to Annie
~ Robert Burns~
The Rigs O'Barley
Lammas, or hlafmaesse (loaf mass),
originates from the pagan lughnasadh,
and was once a very important festival
marking the beginning of the harvest season...
The feast of the first fruits
celebrated the first crop to be harvested,
which tended to be wheat...
thus making it the tradition for parishioners to
offer a loaf of bread
made from the new crop to fellow villagers
Today, of all days, let us honor our traditions & make some delicious rustic loaves!!!