- celebration of the harvest
Mabon, sometimes known as the Harvest/Thanksgiving Ritual of the Autumn Equinox, is one of the Spokes of the Wheel of the Year. In the many Earth Religions of Paganism, a special kinship with the passing of the seasons is felt. This is usually due to the history of the said Tradition, most of which stem from an agrarian culture, where the seasons marked the way of life. From planting to reaping to winter to summer, the seasons were of great importance to our ancenstors, for their very existence depended upon good harvests, mild winters, enough rainfall, and the like.
So, having shown the importance of the seasons, we shall turn to Mabon itself. Autumn. Harvest time. The reaping of what was sown and cared for thru during the year. A time of thankfulness and rejoicing. So, of course, someone, at some point in time must have said, "Now that the work is over, "\"Let's Celebrate!!"
This is the essence of Mabon, rejoicing in a bountiful harvest, thanking the Gods for being so kind during the year, and hopefully, helping in winning over the Gods' favour for the coming year.