TO DO THIS WEEKEND: BOSTON September 22 – 24th, 2023 Autumnal Equinox
Autumnal Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest and the Change of Seasons
Every year, on or around September 22nd, the Earth’s axis tilts so that the sun shines directly on the equator. This event is known as the autumnal equinox, and it marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
The autumnal equinox has been celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries. The ancient Egyptians believed that the equinox was a time when the god Osiris was reborn, while the ancient Greeks believed that it was a time when the goddess Persephone returned to the underworld. In China, the autumnal equinox is still celebrated today as a time to honor ancestors and give thanks for the harvest.
Today, the autumnal equinox is still celebrated by many people around the world. Some common traditions include:
- Harvest festivals: Many cultures hold harvest festivals in the fall to celebrate the abundance of the harvest and to give thanks for the food that will nourish them through the winter.
- Equinox rituals: Some people perform equinox rituals to mark the change of season and to celebrate the balance of light and dark. These rituals can vary widely, but they often involve elements of nature, such as fire, water, and earth.
- Equinox gatherings: Some people gather with friends and family on the autumnal equinox to celebrate the season and to enjoy each other’s company. These gatherings may involve feasting, dancing, and storytelling.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the autumnal equinox, it is a time to reflect on the past year, to give thanks for the good things in your life, and to look forward to the future.
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