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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Feast of New Bread

In Hungary, instead of Thanksgiving in November, the Feast of New Bread is celebrated on August 20, which is also (in Hungary) celebrated as the feast day of Saint Stephen. The celebration is not confined to religious life. The whole country is ablaze with flags. There is dancing on the streets. Many major works of art have their first presentation that day. The bread eaten on that day is from the new harvest. At night, the seven bridges across the Danube at the heart of Budapest are ablaze with light.

In ancient times, the Feast of New Bread was a celebration of the harvesting of grain, a thanksgiving that there would be food for the Winter months. If you have a garden, this is still an appropriate celebration. If you don't garden, or haven't the space for you, you can still celebrate this old festival in a number of ways.

You can bake rolls or bread from scratch. The very act of mixing and kneading and shaping makes you aware of the Earth Mother's contribution to your life.

If you have a garden, supplement a meal with your harvested vegetables. Make a counterpiece out of a tray of sliced vegetables and Herb Dip.

Another way to celebrate the Feast of New Bread is to offer your services to a soup kitchen or other supplier of meals to the homeless and/or the elderly. If you haven't the time for this, at least make a donation of food or money to such a place.

when you eat your bread, home-baked or otherwise, at this special meal, dip it in a little salt for the first bite. This is a very old custom still followed in many parts of the world today. Begin your meal with a few words of thanks to the Earth Mother who oversees the growth of the grain and all vegetables.

From Moon Magick and other sources

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