Every year, Mabon is celebrated between September 21 and September 29. It is a harvest festival that falls on the autumn equinox and marks the midpoint of the harvest cycle, when days and nights are of equal duration, making it the festival of balance and harmony. In Celtic folklore, this festival is named after the Mabon deity of Welsh mythology, who is the son of the god of light and mother earth, ‘Modron.’ Mabon is celebrated to express gratitude to Mother Nature for the bounty and offerings of nature.
The background of Mabon Day
The harvest festival has been celebrated by people all over the world throughout the years. In the 1700s, Bavarians celebrated Oktoberfest, which began in the last week of September and consisted of lavish feasts and festivities. It continues to exist today.
In China, the autumn festival is celebrated on the night of the Harvest Moon, and people mark the occasion by baking rice-based cakes for the moon deity, who will bless them with plenty. In Nigeria, the Yoruba commemorate the yam festivals with dances and merriment for their ancestors and the fertility of the following year’s harvest. In the autumn, Iroquois people gather for the corn dance and give thanks for the maturation of grains. In some English counties, St. Michael’s Day is celebrated on September 29 with a traditional goose dinner.
Pagans observe Mabon as the day to express gratitude for the harvest and to distribute the bounty to the less privileged. In the 1970s, modern Paganism celebrated it as the last of the eight Sabbats. It is named after Mabon ap Modron, an ancient Welsh hero. Mabon is the second of the three harvest ceremonies celebrated during the Wheel of the Year, with Lughnasadh and Samhain, respectively, being the first and third.
MABON DAY OCCUPATIONS
embellish your home
The best method to celebrate Mabon is by decorating your home in an earthy manner. Allow the spirit of nature to guide you and decorate your home in autumnal hues.
Take part in a picnic.
There is no greater way to celebrate Mabon than in harmony with nature. Enjoy the gentle grass and nature’s abundance.
Host a feast.
Invite your friends and family over to celebrate this joyous occasion with you. Ensure that the feast is shared with those in need of the genuine holiday spirit.
5 FACTS REGARDING MABON
Annual Mabon celebrations are held at Stonehenge.
Mabon acknowledges the cycle of life and mortality, as well as the fact that all things must come to an end in order for new life to be born.
Apples signify enlightenment and magic, and are the symbol of the Mabon festival.
Mabon is believed to be ruled by the Greek deity of wine, ‘Dynosus’.
These autumnal hues are associated with the festival of Mabon.
MABON DAY DATES