Celebrating Autumn



All religions celebrate the autumnal equinox is some manner. Here are some general guidelines on how to celebrate the beginning of fall.

Most ancient religions celebrated the harvest on the first day of autumn. They gave thanks to the gods and goddesses that helped them to grow the food for their livestock and themselves to put away for the long, cold, winter months ahead.

Parties are held on the night before, at the time of the equinox, or on the evening of the equinox day. The rituals are held in order to continue the cycle of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth the next spring.

In some cultures, such as old Britain and the Native Americans, monoliths are built as a year round remembrance. Stonehenge is one such structure. The Native Americans built several such monoliths across North America.

Even today, Americans are celebrating the autumnal equinox when they refer to the harvest moon which is the first full moon of fall. It is an especially bright moon that used to help farmers to gather in their crops after sunset when there was no electricity or modern farm machinery.

The color white is no longer worn after the first day of autumn. Favored colors are brown, gold, yellow, and red. The same colors that nature puts on during harvest.

While Christianity claims that they do not celebrate the four seasons they inadvertently do. They celebrate Michaelmas on Sept 29, Christmas on December 25, the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 25, and the feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24.

Most of the celebrations include melons, squashes, pumpkins, corn, apples, seeds, pine cones, baskets, grapes and wine. All crops that reach maturity in the fall. Straw from grain harvested earlier in the summer is also used because it is used as bedding for livestock.

It is the time of year to provide corn for squirrels, rabbits, deer, and other wildlife.

It is the time of year to leave faded flowers with their seed heads in the garden to attract and feed birds.

Be sure to have clean water in bird baths, and keep the bird feeders full. Autumn means that winter will soon be arriving and the birds and other wildlife will appreciate all the help humans can provide.

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Author: Marilyn Pokorney
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