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Mabon (pronounced "MAY-bon"), or the Harvest Home festival, coincides with the autumn equinox and celebrates the final harvest as the earth begins settling in for winter. It is a joyous time of thanksgiving, with feasting, wine and a celebration of nature's bounty. But because Mabon is one of only two days during the year that features an equal number of light and dark hours, the festival also recognizes the presence of the underworld. ("Equinox" literally means "equal night.") Interestingly, medieval British Christians transformed the Celtic celebration of Mabon into "Michaelmas," or the feast of the Archangel Michael, but retained many of the holiday's festive trappings.
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