August - The Month of the Weed

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Posted on Wed, 12/08/2015 - 12:53 by condiment-admin

August was known by the Anglo-Saxons as the Weod Month, this was when weeds and plants grow most rapidly. 1st of August is Lammas Day and was the harvest time in Britain, the festival of Lammas marks the beginning of the harvest, when people would go to church to give thanks for the first corn to be cut. This celebration predates our current day harvest festival, however this custom ended when Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church and nowadays we tradionally celebrate the harvest at the end of the season on Michaelmas Day (September 29th). Lammas Day used to be a time for foretelling marriages and trying out partners. Two young people would agree a trial marriage lasting the period of the fair (around 11 days) to see whether they were really suited for wedlock. At the end of the fair, if they didn't get on, the couple could part.