n.(relig. cattolica) (il) primo d’agosto (un tempo, festa della mietitura anche in Inghil.).
[dal Ragazzini 2007, fonte: odierna newsletter]
Etymology: Middle English Lammasse, from Old English hlAfmæsse, from hlAf loaf, bread + mæsse mass; from the fact that formerly loaves from the first ripe grain were consecrated on this day
1 : August 1 originally celebrated in England as a harvest festival — called also Lammas Day
2 : the time of the year around Lammas Day
[dal Merriam Webster online]
In English-speaking countries, August 1 is Lammas Day (loaf-mass day), the festival of the first wheatharvest of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop. In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before the first day of August. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called “the feast of first fruits”. The blessing of new fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first, or the sixth, of August. The Sacramentary of Pope Gregory I (d. 604) specifies the sixth.
In medieval times the feast was known as the “Gule of August”, but the meaning of “gule” is unknown. Ronald Hutton suggests that it may be an Anglicisation of gwyl aust, the Welsh name for August 1 meaning “feast of August”, but this is not certain. If so, this points to a pre-Christian origin for Lammas among the Anglo-Saxons and a link to the Gaelic festival of Lughnasadh.
In modern Neo-Paganism, the name Lammas is used for one of the sabbats, taking place on August 1. This festival is also known as Lughnasadh.
Lammas is one of the Scottish quarter days.
Lammas is also a Finnish word and means sheep.
A dimostrazione che tutto si tiene, io oggi ho scoperto quanto è buono il Karottenbrot 🙂