Are you celebrating Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is one of my favourite pagan holidays. I love Fall, it is my favourite season and this is one of my favourite times of year to celebrate. Between the crisp autumn air, pumpkin everything, apple cider, all the amazing end of year crop harvest goods, my birthday, and the countdown to Christmas this season just always makes me so happy!
The sun is directly over the equator now and is starting it’s shift towards the southern hemisphere, making it fall in the northern hemisphere. Our days are getting shorter, nights longer, and the weather is getting cooler.
Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals. Incorporating a lot of the harvest foods like corn, squash, zucchini, apples, pumpkins, etc. into your food and celebrations is an easy way to welcome fall.
Mabon is also Pagan thanksgiving! This is the first year I decided to celebrate with extended family. Everyone was invited over for a traditional vegetarian thanksgiving! We had tofurkey, roasted potatoes and carrots, brussel sprouts, mushroom gravy, brussel sprouts, stuffing and corn. My parents and sister came over to join us and celebrated Mabon together. It was great! We played outside, went for a walk, and ate lots of food!
Mabon is also the fifth year anniversary of my wedding/handfasting to my husband. I confuse my husband each year because we were married on Mabon, which that year was September 23, but Mabon is anywhere from September 20 to 23, it changes every year, and we celebrate it on Mabon not the 23rd. Last year was the first since we were married four years ago that the two coincide. Ladies, is it mean asking your husband to remember the holiday not date to celebrate or just plain cruel to make him remember so much?!?! Guys, would you be able to remember or just get confused with the changing date every year?
Some things you can do to celebrate Mabon or just plain old Fall:
- Have a thanksgiving or harvest meal with your friends and family.
- Build a spiral out of leaves and teach your children to walk it, or walk it while they play in the yard to get a few minutes of peace and contemplation as you walk. I love spirals! They are a great meditative tool and look so cool.
- Crafts related to corn and apples are also a practical way to teach your kids about harvest foods. Below I have links to corn activities and crafts you can do with your baby and toddler, apple and pumpkin ones are coming, check back next month.
- Go apple picking.
- Go pumpkin picking.
- Rake leaves.
- Decorate your house for fall (mantelpiece, windows, door, etc.).
- If you have a family altar or a nature table try to incorporate some fall items in it, leaves, twigs, pine cones, squash, etc.
What do you like to do to celebrate fall/Mabon? What activities do you enjoy?
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