August is the busiest time for tourism, as it falls in the main school holiday of the year, the summer holidays, which lasts for six weeks for state run schools. The festival of Lammas marks the beginning of the harvest, when people go to church to give thanks for the first corn to be cut.
At the end of the fair, if they didn't get on, the couple could part.
Lammas was also the time for farmers to give their farm workers a present of a pair of gloves.
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The custom ended when Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church, and nowadays we have harvest festivals at the end of the season.
Michaelmas Day (September 29) is traditionally the last day of the harvest season.
On Lammas Day farmers made loaves of bread from the new wheat crop and gave them to their local church.
They were then used as the Communion bread during a special mass thanking God for the harvest.
Notting Hill Carnival The carnival is held on the Summer Bank Holiday, the last Monday in August.