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Tuesday, 29 November 2005
Orange tree II

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This is my last automatic post, as I return this evening from a short holiday. I chose this dramatic photograph of late autumn leaves. Wikipedia has some interesting comments on the significance of autumn in popular culture:

Autumn’s association with the transition from warm to cold weather in the northern hemisphere, and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, has dominated its themes and popular images. In Western cultures, personifications of Autumn are usually pretty, well-fed females decked out with fruits, vegetables and grains that ripen at this time. Most ancient cultures featured autumnal celebrations of the harvest, often the most important on their calendars. Still extant echoes of these celebrations are found in the late-Autumn Thanksgiving holiday of the United States, the Jewish Sukkot holiday with its roots as a full moon harvest festival of “tabernacles” (huts wherein the harvest was processed and which later gained religious significance), the many North American Indian festivals tied to harvest of autumnally ripe foods gathered in the wild, the Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon festival, and many others. The predominant mood of these autumnal celebrations is a gladness for the fruits of the earth mixed with a certain melancholy linked to the imminence of harsh weather. Remembrance of ancestors is also a common theme.

Posted by bigblue on 29/11/2005 at 05:12 AM
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That’s very interesting. I learned yesterday that the Japanese culture is also very seasonal; the cherry blossoming of spring, for example, is very important, as is the maple festivals. Apparently in spring time, some people travel across the country to see the blossoming of the cherry trees in each village. It is also announced on the news which towns are blossoming. In Autumn, colours are very important in food, and they will go for the gold, brown, red colours.

Posted by bluemeanie  on  29/11/2005  at  11:57 PM

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