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.



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


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]


South America[edit]