Despite its name, this 16-day festival starts mid-September. Towns and villages in Bavaria celebrate the harvest (урожай) with processions and parades. It’s time to sing and dance, taste the new season's beer and to eat sauerkraut, dumplings and white sausages.
Yam harvest (West Africa)
Muslims and Christians share this summer festival. The occasion is marked by dancing and feasting.
Moon cake festival (China)
This falls in September when people give thanks for the rice harvest and recall the successful rebellion against their Mongol rulers 1000 years ago. Families go to the nearest hill to light lanterns and watch the moon rise. When it appears, they eat moon cakes made of lotus and sesame and fruit.
When the Pilgrim Fathers and their families reached the New World in 1620 it was too late to plant crops for the next year and nearly half died of hunger during the first winter. The survivors celebrated their first successful harvest with a day of thanksgiving, which became a national festival. Today Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
Rice festival (Japan)
Many myths and traditions grew up around the all-important autumn rice crop. It was thought unlucky to eat the newly gathered rice until a ceremony had been held to honour the spirits, which guarded it. Processions and banquets marked the occasion and the emperor of Japan presented a portion at the sacred altar (священный алтарь). Today Japan marks the harvest with a public holiday when people celebrate the success of Japanese industry.
1 This holiday unites people of different religions.
2 It was the harvest festival in the past, which became one of the most important national holidays in the country.
3 This holiday is celebrated in one of the European countries with lots of tasty food in the “wrong month".
4 In the past this festival was so important that the leader of the country took part in it, nowadays people associate industrial success with it.
5 The festival has a historical importance as it marks the uprising against the invaders (захватчики).