Traditional customs associated with the festival of Lùnasdal, a pan-Gaelic harvest holiday celebrated at the beginning of August, will be explored in an ACGA webcast on Sunday, Aug. 13. The webcast will focus on customs and folklore associated with the holiday in Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, the countries where related Goidelic or Gaelic languages are spoken — Scottish Gaelic, Irish and Manx.

Lùnasdal, or Lùnastal, has ancient roots in the Gaelic or Celtic calendar. It may not be as well known or remembered today as Oidhche Shamhna or Halloween and Bealtainn or Beltane, but it was an important event in the agricultural year for people who depended on their crops to survive.

The holiday is known as Lúnasa in Ireland, and Luanistyn on the Isle of Man.

Over the past year, ACGA has sponsored webcasts dealing with each of the quarterly festivals in the Gaelic folk calendar, exploring the similarities and differences encountered between Scotland, Ireland, and Man.

Our Latha Lùnasdail event will be the last of the four programs.

You may register for the event through our Events page or here.