List of Harvest Festivals - Europe


  • Bagach (Багач): Belarus
  • Bénichon: celebrated (usually by huge 7 course menu) in catholic parts of the French-speaking Switzerland is a combined harvest festival, thanksgiving and Rindya (the day when the animals are brought back from the high altitude pastures in the alps and where all villagers are therefore back). See fr:Bénichon.
  • Dankdag voor Gewas en Arbeid (Thanksgiving Day for crop and labor): Netherlands, every first Wednesday of November.
  • Dazhynki: Belarus *Dazhynki in pictures on the official website of Belarus
  • Dozhynki (Дожинки): Russia
  • The Presidential Harvest Festival in Spała and Jasna Góra Harvest Festival: Poland (1st week of September to begin the first week of October).
  • Erntedank (Harvest Thanksgiving): Germany & Austria (1st Sunday in October)
  • Festa e Grurit (Wheat Festival): A festival that used to mark the end of the harvest of wheat in Communist Albania. No longer observed.
  • Freyfaxi (Aug. 1st): 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
  • Lammas or Lughnasadh (Aug 1): celebration of first harvest/grain harvest in Paganism and Wicca spirituality and by the ancient Celts.
  • Mabon (Autumnal Equinox): the second of three recognized harvest sabbats in Paganism and Wicca
  • Mhellia: Isle of Man
  • Miķeļdiena : harvest festival in Latvia. Celebrated on 29th of September, it signals the end of summer.
  • Oseniny (Осенины): Russia
  • Pokov (Intercession of the Theotokos): October 1. One of the major religious feasts in Russia and Ukraine, it falls during the harvest season.
  • Samhain (October 31): 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.
  • Savior of the Apple Feast Day (August 19): Russia, Ukraine
  • Timoleague: annual harvest festival held in August - Tigh Molaige in Irish
  • Ysolo: festival marking the first day of harvest of eggplants in Tirana, Albania

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