Mabon is the modern reconstruction of the ancient Pagan festivals surrounding the Autumn Equinox. Light and dark are in equal length, but now the darkness will start to overtake the light.
This is the second harvest festival. It is a celebration of thanks for the crops that were harvested (also called “Witches’ Thanksgiving”).
Autumn leaves stir and the sunlight wanes over the emptying fields as a flurry of activity fills the orchards and pumpkin patches. Hunters spend early mornings in the forest, seeking out deer, turkey, and other woodland creatures for the smokehouse. Root cellars and larders fill with hardy fruits and vegetables as well as the efforts of summer pickling and early fall canning.