First Fruits is a special celebration, for it’s about appreciating the first produce of the season. Also known as Lugnasad by the Celts, or Lammas in the Christian tradition, it lies half-way between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.
A Maori saying for this season goes: ‘Fruits have now set and people eat the first fruits of the year.’ For Maori, berries were gathered: matai, hinau, tawa, kawakawa, and karaka (which needed extensive treatment to remove the poisons in these lush berries).
and to bring a little piece of magic into our circle (thanks to Anissa who introduced me to magic flowers; see http://growmama.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/opening-flowers-holiday-activity.html
First everyone was given a paper flower to colour with crayons. As they coloured, I asked them to contemplate their hopes for the coming year.
Then we all folded the petals into the centre,
before dropping them into a platter of warm water and watching the magic
of our hopes before our eyes.
May your hopes also flower, whatever season you are in.
Happy Lammas/Lugnasad/First Fruits!