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Here in Asia, the Harvest Celebration is Aug 15 on the lunar calandar. that lands it in October this year. Is this essentially the same?

I think Lughnassadh is more of a pre-harvest festival. Some vegetables and fruits can be picked, but the grains aren't ready yet. I think it falls in that space of time where everything is planted and tended, and there is nothing left for the farmers to do but wait and pray that the weather is nice until the harvest fully ripens and can be brought in.

I think of the festival as trying to use sympathetic magic to keep things in good shape until the harvest. Sort of a "Thank you for these nice tomatoes and strawberries we have. We would be very grateful if the weather cooperated to let the rest of the harvest be good as well."


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