At this time of the year I always feel both excited and a bit sad. Seeing the garden with the last of it's flowers, fields full of golden waving corn and the hedgerows brimming with berries is lovely, yet makes you realise Summer is at an end and dark months are ahead. I always get into the spirit of cooking and jam making at this time of the year, which perhaps is an inbuilt thing from times gone by, when foods were not readily available in the Winter.
All over the world people have harvest festivals to celebrate the end of the growing season, and reap the rewards of a long hard Summer maintaining the crops. In Britain we have had harvest festivals since pagan times, and in days gone by big community celebrations were held with lots of food in farming villages up and down the country. Today, lots of schools and churches have collections and displays of baskets of food which are often given to those in need.
Harvest festival is traditionally held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (about Sept. 23), so that would be this weekend! Here at yay retro! we have a nice selection of Autumny, Harvesty things, why not pop in for a look?
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