September 22nd marked the first day of fall. Many countries around the world celebrate the fall equinox; let’s look at how this second harvest is being honored by a few of these countries below.
Defining the fall equinox:
During both the vernal and autumnal equinox, day and night are balanced to nearly 12 hours each all over the world.
Instead of a tilt away from or toward the sun, the Earth’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the Earth and the sun during an equinox.
From this point on, daylight in the Northern Hemisphere will gradually grow shorter until the winter solstice, which occurs on Dec. 21, 2013. The opposite occurs in the Southern Hemisphere, where daylight will now grow longer.
Fall is a time when weather conditions change rapidly across the country.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, sometimes known as the Mooncake Festival, is observed by Chinese communities around the world. In Singapore,the mooncakes served during the festival recall a 14th-century uprising against the Mongols, when word of the revolt was spread by concealing the message in cakes that were then smuggled out to compatriots. Today the cakes are often sold along with lanterns and are filled with eithera sweet bean paste or with melon and lotus seeds, and may be flavored with orange peels, egg yolks, or other spices. On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, children all over Singapore have parades so they can show off their lighted lanterns. There are also lantern-making contests,Chinese costume-making competitions, lion and dragon dances, and concerts. Read more about Mooncakes here
Many English Countries:
The Christian Church replaced earlier Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations during Medieval times, with Christian observances. Replacing the fall equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael, on SEP-29. “His feast was celebrated with a traditional well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble of the fields after the harvest. In many places, a there was also a tradition of special large loaves of bread made only for that day. By Michaelmas the harvest had to be completed and the new cycle of farming would begin. It was a time for beginning new leases, rendering accounts and paying the annual dues.” We enjoy celebrate Michaelmas each year by flying our kites at the park, baking a loaf of Dragon Bread and eating bowls of apples with honey!
The autumn or fall season is the traditional harvest time for most Native American tribes, and autumn is associated with the corn goddess in many east coast tribes. Spiritually, autumn is considered a symbol of change in many North American tribes. The Pueblo Indians and some California tribes such as the Hupa hold special Autumn Dances as part of their tribal dance traditions, and the Hopi have traditionally considered autumn a favorable time of year for weddings. The Iroquois people celebrate with a Corn Dance each fall. This is there way of giving thanks for the ripening of the grain — songs, dances and drumming were part of the celebration. Naturally, food played an important part as well, including corn bread and soup.
The Germanic people worried about the fate of their grain harvest. If there was a large gusts of wind during the harvest season, it could mean Odin wanted a share of their crop. To keep Odin satisfied, a few spare sacks of flour would be emptied into the wind
How do you and your family celebrate the Fall Equinox? Share below:)
Happy Fall Everyone♥
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