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Autumnal Equinox

In History, Holidays, science, Weather on September 22, 2008 by Editor Z

Today marks the first official day of Autumn, better known as the Autumnal equinox. It is the day when daylight hours will begin to wane, as the festivals of summer turn into what I think of as the vivid wake of Autumn. It will no doubt be beautiful as it is every year in new England, especially here in the Pioneer valley and all over western mass, as trees cloak themselves in the red, orange, and yellow fires of foliage, and slowly perform nature’s gradual tri month striptease of these garments to reveal their hunched and sturdy limbs of great timber.

Personally I find it a little depressing, as the skies often become more and more engulfed in clouds and grows closer and closer to the deadness of the Winter season. Anyway here is some background on the Autumnal Equinox, going back to the Pagans.

In ancient times, the Autumn Equinox was cause for a variety of pagan festivals, among them the celebration of the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth.

It is also a time to celebrate with a variety of Fall and Harvest Festivals. People enjoy fall festivals as they sense the closure of a great summer season and the coming of a long winter. The fall festivals are the last of the outdoor events until spring. Just getting there is half the fun as you drive through hills and forests ablaze in fall color. So, get out and enjoy them.

Speaking of Fall festivals, the Pumpkin Festivals and weighoffs are among the best and biggest. Find more on Pumpkin Festivals.


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