August 1, 2021 All day
The month of August has a Heathen holiday called either Freyfaxi, Hlæfmæsse [say laugh-mass but stick an ‘h’ on the beginning: hlaf-mass; it means loaf-mass], or Hlæfæst [say hlaf-fast; it means loaf-feast] which celebrates the beginning of the harvest. There is no specific “correct” date for the Heathen harvest festival; some groups celebrate it at the beginning of the month (to coincide with Lammas), some mid-month, and some on the full moon. As you might be able to guess from the pronunciation of Hlæfmæsse, it is related to the Celtic Lammas (also called Lughnasadh [Loo-nuh-suh]) which is also celebrated by the Celts and Wiccans). Slavic/Russian neopaganism celebrates both Zasiuki and Sproshinki, two harvest holidays, during August. And Hellenismos (Greek) celebrates Eleusinia dedicated to Demeter, goddess of the harvest, around this time.
In Heathenry, we dedicate this holiday to Freyr, one of the highest gods of the North – and a particular favorite of the Swedes. Historically, the Swedish royal family -the Ynglings- claimed to be descended from him. Freyr is a fascinating character and completely different than the wilder gods he shares Asgard with.