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Lammas Day Festival

Derry Area Historical Society, Pittsburgh Street, Derry, PA, USA

Sunday, 1:00PM to 4:00PM
August 12, 2018


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FREE and open to the public


Join Derry Area Historical Society for its 13th Annual Lammas Day Festival! Celebrate the corn harvest with bagpipes, mandolins, and lots of corn!  Stop by, join in the fun, and bring an appetite!


That’s not all—you can cast away your regrets by writing them on a corn husk, then place it the Lammas Day fire, and your regrets are gone!  What better way to spend the second Sunday in August?


About Lammas Day


Originally, Lammas Day marked the beginning of the harvest season, the ripening of first fruits, sort of a reverse Thanksgiving, if you will.  It was traditionally a time of community gatherings, market festivals, horse races and reunions with distant family and friends.  Among the Irish it was a favored time for handfastings – trial marriages that would generally last a year and a day, with the option of ending the contract before the new year, or later formalizing it as a more permanent marriage.  On mainland Europe and in Ireland many people continue to celebrate the holiday with bonfires and dancing.  The Christian church established the ritual of blessing the fields on this day as well as blessing the first harvest

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