Autumn Celebrations From Around the World

Post Date August 14, 2015

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Autumn is the traditional time of harvest and abundance, and most countries around the world celebrate this season is one form or another. Before you create your own fall party, check out these festivals from other countries to get some great ideas that you can incorporate into your own celebration.

Chinese Moon Cakes

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China  

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Moon Festival, because the moon is at it brightest during this time of year. This Chinese festival often involves special picnics or dinners with family and friends, traditional Chinese moon cakes (http://www.chinasichuanfood.com/chinese-moon-cake-traditional-version/), and a lantern procession.

 

 

 

 

Ireland

Lughnasadh is held in the beginning of August to honor of the Celtic Sun God, Lugh, and is celebrated with picnics, county fairs, rodeos, and ice cream socials. Irish harvest time is rounded out with the Autumnal Equinox, which marks the end of the harvest. The equinox is associated with the astrological sign Libra and the colors orange, yellow, and brown.

 

 

Africa

African harvest festivals vary by region, but one of the most popular celebrations is the Festival of Yams, which is held at the end of the rainy season. Yams are the first crops to be harvested, and tribes of West Africa provide offerings of yams to their ancestors to thank them for a good harvest.

Oktoberfest

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Germany  

The traditional German Oktoberfest begins at the end of September to commemorate the end of the grape harvest. The festival opens with the Lord Mayor tapping the first barrel of beer and ends with a parade of colorful floats on the first Sunday in October. In between is an unending supply food, drink, and merrymaking.

 

 

 

 

These are just a few of the hundreds of harvest festivals celebrated around the world. Find many more ideas here http://www.harvestfestivals.net/harvestfestivals.htm.

Choose your favorite and create a party around it to celebrate the fall season your way.