After two-and-a-half months of persistent rainfall, we really needed a break. What could be more relaxing than feeling the beauty of Autumn? Also, as the year is nearing its end (but not the end of the world, of course), this is just a child of the cold winter months that follow right after this.
The Autumn season marks a change in the cycle of climate in both the northern and southern hemispheres. While, the term ‘Autumn’ is more popularly known in the regions of entire Europe and Asia, on the other hand, the western nations such as America and Canada refer to the season as ‘Fall’.
When monsoon nears towards fading away gradually, the arrival of the Autumn season begins from mid-September and lasts till mid-November. Thus, it brings with it the shedding of leaves by deciduous trees, precipitation, and mild chills. The days become shorter, which is then succeeded by winter through the remaining year.
During this period, many species of birds prepare for migrating to the south to find temporary habitat. There are, of course, certain occasions, some of which are celebrated, while others are observed as a remembrance in someone’s memory. Here, I am going to share with you some of the important holidays which occur in this Autumn season and many are of significant importance.
Let’s take a quick gander at the various events or days which have their own purposes and/or memories in the Autumn season throughout the world.
Important Festivals That Are Celebrated As Well As Observed In The Autumn Season
Celebrations are a part of the human civilization and traditions, which are believed to share a great deal of joy as well as importance with the rest of the world. In contrast to the various celebrations that take place in Autumn around the world, there are, however, certain memories which are remembered by certain communities, too.
Here is some list of the festivals that take place during Autumn:
1. Oktoberfest, Germany
This festival is celebrated at Theresienwiese (named after Princess Therese) in Germany from mid-September till early October. During this time, several hundred and thousands of people gather and have a grand beer fest. The festival began when Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese were married on October 12th, 1810. Their marriage was followed by a party that was celebrated for over a week and thus, this tradition has been going on since.
2. Durga Puja, India
That festival is celebrated across the Indian sub-continent, Nepal, and Bangladesh for almost a week in the month of October. It is a holy festival of the Hindus, particularly Bengalis in West Bengal. People visit pandals where the idols of Goddess Durga, along with idols of several other Gods and Goddesses are put on the stage before the devotes for worship. This is followed by various traditional activities. On the last day, the idols are immersed in rivers and/or seas, which is part of their ritual.
3. Diwali, India
Another auspicious day and an official holiday that is celebrated throughout Asia and around the world by the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Newar Buddhists. People clean and light up their homes, surroundings, etc., accompanied by fireworks and exchange of gifts among families, relatives, and friends. This day is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil.
4. Halloween, Western Countries
Halloween also called “All Hallows’ Eve” and “All Saints’ Eve”, is celebrated widely in the western countries and also around the world on October 31st. On this day, people are engaged in attending Halloween costume parties, going door-to-door playing pranks such as “trick-or-treat”, carving pumpkins and so on. Also, on All Hallows’ Eve, Christians abstain from eating non-vegetarian food. On the eve, people attend church services and light candles on the graves of the dead.
5. Harvest Festival, Britain
The Autumn season is cherished and celebrated by the western cultures as harvest time. During this time, both local and large groups of farmers indulge in harvesting pumpkins, apple, and corn. This season is thus, marked important because of their beliefs, it is a blessing that provides them food.
6. Thanksgiving Day, Canada and US
Thanksgiving Day is a cultural day of celebration which is widely practiced by Christians in the west. On the fourth Thursday of November and right after the end of the harvest time, the tradition of greeting each other, exchanging gifts and souvenir and having the feast with family, relatives, and friends is an essential occasion among the people of the United States and Canada. This day is also celebrated among the Christian sects in parts of Asia and Europe.
7. Martin’s Day, Eastern Europe
St. Martin’s Day is celebrated on the 11th of November, on account of remembering the altruism of Saint Martin of Tours, who was a Roman soldier. People participate in processions, light lanterns, sing songs and feast to mark this day. According to legend, St. Martin saved a homeless man from the freezing storm. He was later appointed as the Bishop of Tours.
8. All Souls’ Day, Spain
All Souls’ Day, also known by various names such as “The Faithful Departed”, “Day of the Dead”, etc., is a day of remembrance of the souls their loved ones lost. This day is observed particularly on November 1st by Christians and Catholics around the world. People offer prayers to the dead and perform the necessary rituals.
These are some of the occasions that holds great importance in the lives of many people and religious communities as a whole.
I Wish You All The Beauty Of The Autumn Months
Autumn is, indeed, a wonderful season and you will surely feel its beauty (with a taste of chill), as it will also prepare you for the coming winter months. I personally love Autumn, where the fallen leaves on the grounds make the surroundings even more beautiful and colorful.
With all the warm wishes, have fun!