Autumn Equinox, Mea’n Fo’mhair, Mabon

Autumn Equinox, Mea'n Fo'mhair, Mabon

This year Autumn Equinox is Wednesday, September 22nd

Autumn Equinox, Mea'n Fo'mhair, Mabon

Mabon (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon or MAH-bawn) is also called Alban Elfed, Harvest Home, 2nd Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Cornucopia, or Autumn Equinox this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months. The name may derive from Mabon ap Modron,
Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas and followed by Samhain.
Mabon was not an authentic ancient festival either in name or date. The autumn equinox was not celebrated in Celtic countries, while all that is known about Anglo-Saxon customs of that time was that September was known as haleg-monath or ‘holy month’.

Autumnal or Fall Equinox, also known as Mabon is the time when day and night are equal. Here the land is full of the gifts of nature and the effort of humankind. The night air has a tang about it, the darkness of winter is coming and it’s time for the earth to sleep until the sun is again brought forth from the dark.