Harvest festivals in the UK take place around the end of September to mark the end of the main harvest season. It is a time to give thanks for the crops that have been grown and also to celebrate the end of the hard work involved in reaping them. Often, canned goods and other foods are collected, put on display in churches and shared with those in need in the community.
In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. Harvest festivals are traditionally held on the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon. This is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox.
The harvest festival of the Jewish religion is called Sukkot.
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