Here are our holidays between August and December.
Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
The High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah (The New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are among the most festive and significant of all the Jewish holidays. Based on the lunar calendar, the date changes from year to year, but always occurs in the autumn, around harvest time. Many festive cakes and breads are eaten, usually round in shape to symbolize new beginnings. click here to view our special foods.
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-autumn Festival dates back over 3,000 years, when it was believed that worshipping the moon would augur good harvests. The tradition of eating Mooncakes during the festival began at the end of the Yuan Dynasty. The Han planned an uprising to end the Mongols’ rule. Soldiers spread rumors that eating mooncakes was the only way to prevent winter illness, and then wrote “uprising, at the night of Mid-Autumn Festival” on papers stuffed into the mooncakes sold to Hans. When the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival came a huge uprising broke out. From that time on people eat mooncakes every Mid-Autumn Festival to commemorate the uprising.
Hallowe’en & Dia de Muertos
The ancient Celts celebrated their new year on November 1, the time of the autumn harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. They believed that on the night before the new year, ghosts returned to earth. And so, the Celts built huge, sacred bonfires and sacrificed animals to propitiate the deities. By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands and the ancient festival of Sarhain became All Hallows Eve, or Hallowe’en.
-The Spaniards arriving in Mexico at the beginning of the 16th century, encountered two-month long celebrations similarly honoring death, the fall harvest and the new year. The Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl (Lady of the Dead) presided over harvest rituals of fire and incense, animal skin costumes, images of the dead and offerings of ceramics, flowers foods & drink. The conquered people of Mexico combined Christianity & their own traditions, and so, All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day evolved into Dia de Muertos, celebrated throughout Spain, South and Central America.click here to view our special foods.
The first American Thanksgiving meal was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians, who had helped them survive in their new home. Many of the dishes we eat today are reminders of that time: turkey, corn bread, probably pumpkin tarts.
During the Depression, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, seeking to lengthen the Christmas shopping season, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Controversy followed, and Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November, where it remains.
The solemn and joyful holiday celebrated around the world commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Its timing coordinates with more ancient rites of mid-winter. Bonfires were lit to bring light to the darkest days of the year. The Buche de Noel represents the pagan custom of bringing a burning log into the hut, to give warmth and light. Click HERE to view photos of our offerings.
New Year’s Eve