Neo-Druids gather at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise of the equinox. They do this in both spring and fall, and for them, it’s a time of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest and of preparation for the winter.
Buddhists in Japan observe a period called Ohigan, or Higan. It’s celebrated 3 days before and after the Autumnal equinox. On these days, they visit their ancestors’ graves to leave flowers and clean the gravesites.
In China, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and a handful of other Asian countries, people celebrate the Moon Festival. It’s celebrated with moon cakes, with the usual festivities, like lighting lanterns and praying. It’s also a time to gather and visit with family and friends.
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Here’s to a great harvest and a gentle winter!