People have celebrated harvest festival all around the world and the idea is nothing new.
In Greece, to celebrate the harvesting of grapes, a festival called Oschophoria was held in the fall.
Oktoberfest was celebrated by Bavarians in 1700 that begins in the last week of September.
This merriment and great feasting is still in existence today.
In order to give thanks to a year of bounty, harvest celebrations are celebrated all over the world in the fall which is the season of harvest.
5 Best Harvest Festivals around The World
In the United States, autumn celebration or Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
It is family and friend get-together with a large meal that includes traditional foods such as roast turkey, bread or corn stuffing, pumpkin pie.
On this day Americans honor the tradition of harvest and sharing began by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.
2- Homowo Festival
Homowo Festival is celebrated in Ghana. A three day yam festival is celebrated by the West Africans to give thanks for a bumper crop of yams. It lasts for three days.
First day is cleansing ceremony to honor family members who have died. Then farmers give thanks to the Almighty who ensure a good harvest.
People prepare Special foods made from yam such as mashed yams with eggs. During harvest festival people wear a kind o toga made from kente cloth which is brightly colored. The festival ends with big harvest fest.
3- Chu Sok
Chu Sok is the harvest festival in Korea. It is celebrated on the 15th day of 8th month of lunar calendar.
Ancestors are thanked for the fruits of labor. It is a family oriented celebration. The feast includes Songphyun, special rice cake with beans, sesame seeds and chestnuts.
On the eve of Chu Sok, traditional games such as archery, wrestling takes place. Women dressed in bright colors sing and dance.
4- Moon Festival
In China, Harvest Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar in honor of the harvesting of the rice and wheat crops.
During this festival, families get together to view the full moon a symbol of luck, harmony and abundance. It is also celebrated in Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam.
Holi is the harvest festival of India and is celebrated the day after the full moon in early March that is the end of spring.
It is a colorful festival. During the festival there is a plenty of color throwing and people run through the streets throwing colored powder and water at each other.
The common thing in harvest celebrations is their reliance on nature’s bounty. People give thanks for the food they have gathered.
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