A fun tidbit from Shakespeare’s Globe today:
According to the play, today would be Juliet’s birthday. In Act 1, Scene 3 the Nurse says: “Come Lammas-eve at night shall she be fourteen.”
According to my research, Lammas refers to two feasts formerly celebrated in England:
- during which bread from the season’s first wheat was consecrated at Mass in thanksgiving for the harvest.
- in commemoration of Saint Peter’s deliverance from prison.
Both were celebrated August 1.