Fun Harvest Moon Celebrations
This Year, 2015 The legendary Harvest Moon falls on Sunday September 27th and Monday September 28th.
The Harvest Moon is upon us once again, but what is the Harvest Moon and what is the big deal? The Harvest Moon is a full Moon that appears in late September or early October, closest in time to the Autumn Equinox. This Harvest Moon is also a Supermoon.
Throughout the year the moon rises about 50 minutes later than the previous day. During the Autumn Equinox that changes to about 25 to 30 minutes later than the previous day; unless you are further north than that is even less, closer to 10 or 15 minutes later than the day before. The Harvest Moon allowed for farmers to have additional time to harvest their crops because of the length of time that the moon produced light from sunrise to sunset several days in a row.
Celebrating The Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon has become a time for celebration too. People like to celebrate it in different ways. One way is to have a barn dance, or many times known as a Hoe down. This is a country dance celebration and is one of my personal favorites. I attended a barn dance for many years and it was always a lot of fun. Everyone that participated in the dance brought their favorite covered dish or desert. There was always much more food than was actually needed to feed everyone.
It is something about a celebration during the Harvest Moon that brings a special awe to the evening. I'm not sure if it is the fellowship of friends, or the light of the moon on one of the first crisp Autumn nights of the season, or both, but something about celebrating under the harvest moon feels special.
Another way many people celebrate the Harvest Moon is to enjoy a hay ride through the countryside with only the light of the moon and the sounds of nature to arouse your imagination. Usually the hay ride is followed by a gathering around a camp fire with the group for story telling or singing. It doesn't matter what you choose to do to celebrate the Harvest Moon but if you never had a Harvest Moon celebration, I urge you to do so. It is a very different feeling and the night is filled with fun and relaxation.