Every year in September or October, we arrange for a collection to celebrate harvest. This year, to conincide with Harvest, year four produced a fantastic assembly all about how harvest is celebrated around the world. Did you know?
- Harvest festivals are a time when people celebrate and give thanks for a bountiful harvest, they are one of the world's oldest holiday customs
- India's rice harvest festival (Pongol) is held in January
- Nigeria's New Yam festival falls in July or August
- One of the earliest Christian Harvest festivals in Western Europe was Samhain (pronounced SOW-en), the Celtic harvest festival held in November and December, when food was gathered in and preparations were made for the long winter
- In 1789, US President George Washington issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation for the United States declaring Thurday, November 26th as a day to give thanks
- In Britain, Harvest festival is traditionally held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (about Sept. 23). In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October.
Thank you to everyone who donated food to our display, as you can see everyone was very generous. This year the food was donated to the Over 60s group in Potters Bar. They were very pleased with the donation which will help them provide meals for lots of our community.