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November 06, 2008|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

Dennis Barnes in Abingdon knew Halloween recalled Samhain, the Celtic "cross-quarter day," halfway between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. Groundhog Day and May Day also evolved from cross-quarter days. But "why is there not a similar observance during the summer around the first of August?" he asks. There was, but Lughnasadh, celebrating the harvest's first fruits, has withered away.

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