Happy Birthday, Juliet

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:

  1. during which bread from the season’s first wheat was consecrated at Mass in thanksgiving for the harvest.
  2. in commemoration of Saint Peter’s deliverance from prison.

Both were celebrated August 1.