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 the differences in climate and crops around the world, 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 - the holiday on the last Sunday in November.
  • Mehregan (October 2): Iran, Ancient Persia
  • Sukkot: Jewish harvest festival lasting eight days in the autumn (fall), in which time is spent in tabernacles or booths


  • Alaverdoba: Georgia
  • Bagach (Багач): Belarus
  • Bénichon: celebrated (usually by huge 7 course menu) in catholic parts of the French-speaking Switzerland is a combined harvest festival, thanksgiving and Rindya (the day when the animals are brought back from the high altitude pastures in the alps and where all villagers are therefore back). See fr:Bénichon.
  • Dankdag voor Gewas en Arbeid (Thanksgiving Day for crop and labor): Netherlands, every first Wednesday of November.
  • Dazhynki: Belarus[2]
  • Dozhynki (ru): Russia
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
  • The Presidential Harvest Festival in Spała and Jasna Góra Harvest Festival: Poland (1st week of September to begin the first week of October).
  • Erntedankfest (Harvest Thanksgiving): Germany & Austria (1st Sunday after Michaelmas, sometimes also 1st Sunday in October)
  • Festa e Grurit (Wheat Festival): A festival that 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 (Aug 1): celebration of first harvest/grain harvest in Paganism and Wicca spirituality and by the ancient Celts.
  • Mabon (Autumnal Equinox): the second of three recognized harvest sabbats in Paganism and Wicca
  • Mhellia: Isle of Man
  • Miķeļdiena: harvest festival in Latvia. Celebrated on 29 September, it signals the end of summer (Mikeli).
  • Oktoberfest: Germany
  • Oseniny (Осенины): Russia
  • Pokrov (Intercession of the Theotokos): October 1. One of the major religious feasts in Russia and Ukraine, it falls during the harvest season.
  • Rtveli: Georgia
  • Samhain (October 31): 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.
  • Savior of the Apple Feast Day (August 19): Russia, Ukraine
  • 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
  • Spice wreath: annual harvest festival held in July - Cununa de spice in Romanian

The Americas[edit]


South America[edit]

See also[edit]