Archive for September 23rd, 2005

Autumnal Equinox

Friday, September 23rd, 2005


Today is the Autumnal Equinox, one of Japan’s national holidays. On this day, most Japanese go visit their familial grave, and hold family reunions. As it may seem conspicuous to make the equinox a holiday from a western point of view, the custom actually goes way back to the pre-Christian era, and is often associated with witchcraft in many western traditions. Also known as the Sabbat, or Mabon, for which some people “pay their respects to the impending dark, give thanks to the waning sunlight, honor the The Green Man (i.e.the God of the Forest), by offering libations to trees, offer ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer, celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.”

Me? Nothing that fancy. I’ll stay home and work on my mid-term assignment, and I’ll probably go out for a bite later tonight. Cheers.