Happy Super Full Harvest Moon!
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September’s full moon is known as the Full Harvest Moon because farmers used it to harvest their crops deep into the night, as the light was well-known to be luminous. Some Native Americans named it the Big Moon.
I know from my many previous posts and your own knowledge that you know all about full-moon rituals and crystal cleansings during full Moons; however, I wonder if you're familiar with the major cultural significance of this particular full Moon?
During this moon, Native American tribes not only honor the Moon, but pay respects to Gaia for her generosity in providing food for her children, including corn and other staple foods.
Most cultures use fruits, nuts, and other grain harvests to make their desserts. So, this Full Harvest Moon is called the Nut Moon by the Cherokee tribes, who gather all sorts of nuts to make nut bread, which is eaten during harvest festivals.
One of the most famous Harvest Moon festivals is the Chinese Mooncake Festival. Family and friends gather to eat mooncakes with tea and wine containing the sweet osmanthus flower ( also blooming at this time ). The mooncake pastries are filled with sweet bean paste or lotus seed paste, and sometimes even include salted egg yolks.
You'll also see brightly colored lanterns being carried as well as adorning villages and hillsides. The release of sky lanterns is also popular with this particular Moon, as well as worship of the Moon Goddess, Chang'e.
The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program is named after Chang’e, who saved their country from her tyrant husband by drinking the elixir of immortality to prevent him from drinking it. Had she not, the country would've suffered under her husband's cruel rule.
The Japanese celebrate this full moon with the Tsukimi tradition (which literally means moon-viewing in Japanese). They prepare offerings to the Moon and dine on tsukimi dango ( rice dumplings ).
In Korea, this full moon is celebrated as Chuseok, one of Korea’s most major holidays, similar to Thanksgiving. Most return home for family reunions to dine on songpyeon, which is a rice cake shaped like a half-moon, and enjoy rice wine. Gifts are exchanged, folk games are played, and many tend to their ancestor's graves.
Moreso than ever during this Harvest Moon, the world celebrates their bounty and blessings. And thus, so should we! Image: Harvest Moon Shoreham by Samuel Palmer
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