List of harvest festivals

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Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in Victoria Park, Hong Kong

This is a list of harvest festivals around the world. A harvest festival is an annual celebration which occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given regional differences in climates and crops, harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world.

Africa[edit]

Asia[edit]

Indian subcontinent[edit]

A traditional vishu kani setting, for the Vishu agricultural festival

Southeast Asia[edit]

Middle East[edit]

  • Hasyl toýy: Turkmenistan: last Sunday in November
  • Mehregan: Iran, Ancient Persia; 2 October
  • Sukkot: Jewish harvest festival lasting eight days in the autumn, in which time is spent in tabernacles or booths

Europe[edit]

National Harvest Thanksgiving ceremony in Poland's Jasna Góra Roman Catholic sanctuary in Częstochowa, Poland
Presidential Harvest Festival in Spala, Poland
Exaltation of the Holy Cross church in Besko, Poland
  • Alaverdoba: Georgia
  • Bagach (Багач): Belarus
  • Bénichon: celebrated (usually by a huge seven-course menu) in Catholic parts of the French-speaking Switzerland; a combined harvest festival, thanksgiving and Rindya (the day when the animals are brought back from the high altitude pastures in the Alps and when all villagers are also therefore back); see fr:Bénichon
  • Dankdag voor Gewas en Arbeid: Netherlands, every first Wednesday of November; Thanksgiving Day for crop and labor
  • Dazhynki: Belarus[2]
  • Dozhynki (ru): Russia
  • Erntedankfest (Harvest Thanksgiving): Germany and Austria; first Sunday after Michaelmas, sometimes also first Sunday in October
  • Festa e Grurit (Wheat Festival): used to mark the end of the harvest of wheat in Communist Albania; no longer observed
  • Freyfaxi (August 1): marks the beginning of the harvest in Norse paganism; historically from Iceland, the celebration consists of blót, horse races, martial sports, and other events, often dedicated to the god Freyr
  • Guldize: Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • Harvest festival: United Kingdom
  • Kekri: an old Finnish feast celebrated at the beginning of November, corresponding to Halloween
  • Lammas or Lughnasadh: celebration of first harvest/grain harvest in Paganism and Wicca spirituality and by the ancient Celts; 1 August
  • Mabon (Autumnal Equinox): the second of three recognized harvest sabbats in Paganism and Wicca
  • Mhellia: Isle of Man
  • Miķeļdiena: harvest festival in Latvia; 29 September; signals the end of summer (Mikeli)
  • Oktoberfest: Germany
  • Oseniny (Осенины): Russia
  • Pokrov (Intercession of the Theotokos): one of the major religious feasts in Russia and Ukraine; falls during the harvest season; 1 October
  • The Presidential Harvest Festival in Spała and Jasna Góra Harvest Festival: Poland, first week of September to begin the first week of October
  • Rtveli: Georgia
  • Samhain: the third and final of three recognized harvest sabbats in Paganism and Wicca; celebration of the end of the harvest season and beginning of the Celtic New Year; 31 October
  • Savior of the Apple Feast Day: Russia, Ukraine; 19 August
  • Spice wreath / Cununa de spice: Romania; July
  • Szüreti Fesztivál or Szüreti Napok: literally "harvest festival" or "harvest days"; celebrated in various rural towns of Hungary
  • Timoleague: annual harvest festival held in August; Tigh Molaige in Irish
  • Ysolo: festival marking the first day of harvest of eggplants in Tirana, Albania

The Americas[edit]

Caribbean[edit]

South America[edit]

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