List of harvest festivals

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Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in Victoria Park, Hong Kong

This is a list of harvest festivals around the world. A harvest festival is an annual celebration which occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given regional differences in climates and crops, harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world.



East Asia

Indian subcontinent

A traditional vishu kani setting, for the Vishu agricultural festival

Southeast Asia

Pacu jawi (bull race), Tanah Datar, Indonesia

Middle East

  • Hasyl toýy (or Hasyl Bayramy): Turkmenistan: traditionally last Sunday in November; observed second Sunday of November[2] since specified in the Labor Code c. 2017
  • Mehregan: Iran, Ancient Persia; 2 October
  • Sukkot: Jewish harvest festival lasting eight days in the autumn, in which time is spent in tabernacles or booths
  • Shavuot: Jewish harvest festival marking the wheat harvest in Israel
  • Alaverdoba and Rtveli: Georgia


Decoration for ‘thanksgiving’ (Erntedank) in a Catholic church in Upper Austria.
  • Bagach (Багач): Belarus
  • Bénichon: celebrated (usually by a huge seven-course menu) in Catholic parts of the French-speaking Switzerland; a combined harvest festival, thanksgiving and Rindya (the day when the animals are brought back from the high altitude pastures in the Alps and when all villagers are also therefore back); see fr:Bénichon
  • Dankdag voor Gewas en Arbeid: Netherlands, every first Wednesday of November; Thanksgiving Day for crop and labor
  • Dożynki: Poland / Dazhynki: Belarus[3] / Dožínky, Obžinky: Czech Republic / Обжинки (Obzhynky or Obzhynky): Ukraine / Обжинки (Obzhynki), Осенины (Oseniny) : Russia, a Slavic harvest festival celebrated in several central and eastern European countries
  • Erntedankfest (Harvest Thanksgiving): Germany and Austria; traditionally on the first Sunday after Michaelmas, this means 30 September or later. At present, Protestant and Catholic churches recommend the first Sunday in October.
  • Festa e Grurit (Wheat Festival): used to mark the end of the harvest of wheat in Communist Albania; no longer observed
  • Freyfaxi (August 1): marks the beginning of the harvest in Norse paganism; historically from Iceland, the celebration consists of blót, horse races, martial sports, and other events, often dedicated to the god Freyr
  • Guldize: Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • Harvest festival: United Kingdom
  • Kekri: an old Finnish feast celebrated at the beginning of November, corresponding to Halloween
  • Lammas or Lughnasadh: celebration of first harvest/grain harvest in Paganism and Wicca spirituality and by the ancient Celts; 1 August
  • Mabon (Autumnal Equinox): the second of three recognized harvest sabbats in Paganism and Wicca
  • Mhellia: Isle of Man
  • Miķeļdiena: harvest festival in Latvia; 29 September; signals the end of summer (Mikeli)
National Harvest Thanksgiving ceremony in Poland's Jasna Góra Roman Catholic sanctuary in Częstochowa, Poland
Presidential Harvest Festival in Spala, Poland
  • Прачыстая 'Prachystaya': Belarus
  • The Presidential Harvest Festival in Spała and Jasna Góra Harvest Festival: Poland, first week of September to begin the first week of October
  • Samhain: the third and final of three recognized harvest sabbats in Paganism and Wicca; celebration of the end of the harvest season and beginning of the Celtic New Year; 31 October
  • Savior of the Apple Feast Day: Russia, Ukraine; 19 August
  • Spice wreath / Cununa de spice: Romania; July
  • Szüreti Fesztivál or Szüreti Napok: literally "harvest festival" or "harvest days"; celebrated in various rural towns of Hungary
  • Timoleague: annual harvest festival held in August; Tigh Molaige in Irish

The Americas


South America


  1. ^ "Khuado: Harvest Festival of the Zo People". Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ "The Programme of the Harvest Festival to include cultural, educational and sport events". Turkmenistan State News Agency. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ Dazhynki in pictures
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