The festival is organized by a non-profit organization Boii, z.s. The organization was founded in 2002 with the goal of preserving and presenting to the public the Celtic roots in Nasavrky and the surrounding areas.
The activities of the organization have been extended since then, but the main goal stays the same – we strive for the preservation of historical traditions in the region and the Czech Republic as a whole, and for the development of volunteer work and civil society. Further information at www.boii.cz.
The Celtic culture festival in Nasavrky is an international event that preserves Celtic roots as an important part of the cultural heritage of modern Europe. Its varied program merges entertainment with knowledge and education, and it develops the values of volunteering and civil society.
Lughnasad is one of eight main Celtic celebrations. Its purpose is to worship Mother Earth and thank her for the crops she provided. It is the Celtic thanksgiving celebration.
According to the tradition, the festivities started around 1st August and lasted a whole week. The celebration consisted not only of thanksgiving rituals but also of large fair which attracted visitors from distant surrounding areas. It was an opportunity to meet old acquaintances, but also to form new friendships.
The attendance was practically mandatory for the Celts. It was believed that those who celebrate Lughnasad will secure for themselves enough grain, milk, good crop of fruit, and comfort at home.
It was also believed that misfortune will follow those who don't participate in Lughnasad.
According to a legend, the celebration of Lughnasad had been begun by the god Lugh as a commemoration of his foster mother Taillte's death. Taillte was a goddess of fertility who died of exhaustion while cultivating the Irish soil.