Pagan students, faculty and staff are observing Mabon, the fall equinox, today. This is the main harvest festival of the Wiccan calendar and marks the beginning of autumn. It is a festival of thanksgiving.
Jewish members of our community will celebrate Sukkot, a festival commemorating the wandering of the Israelites in the desert and the final harvest, beginning tomorrow at sundown and going through next Wednesday, Sept. 29. Then two more holidays begin, back to back: Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Shemini Atzeret, or the Eighth Day of Assembly, is a celebration of God’s special relationship with the Jewish people; at sunset that evening, the one-day holiday Simchat Torah begins, celebrating the end and beginning of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings.
If you would like to know more, ask a friend who practices these traditions, or go to the Spiritual Life Program website