What is the first thing you associate with when you hear the word autumn?When summer ends and autumn begins, the water in the rivers become clear and colder, and the birds slowly move south. These are some words that best describe the autumn season. Autumn is said to be a time of changing weather, just as described in Jane Hirshfield’s quote “The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens the apples, the other turns them to cider.” There are many holidays, celebrations and little things that we associate with this season as well. The old calendar contained many rites and rituals dedicated to the change of seasons. People then depended on nature and were in harmony with all its rhythms. Many holidays were intertwined with ancient customs and traditions too.
-Autumn’s blessing for the season’s change-
Finishing the work in the fields and harvesting the harvest, while leaving the fruits for the winter were an inseparable part of people’s everyday life, while they left the evening for stories. There were various delicacies on the table that were made by housewives. Things such as pies and fruit drinks were being prepared, and sometimes guesses about the weather would be a main topic of discussion. It was believed that if the migratory birds do not rush to go to warmer regions, autumn will mark good weather. In some regions, it was believed that if there are many mushrooms in the forest on September 7, then the winter will be very cold. These autumn stories and traditions show us that, wherever we are, there are different ways to spend our time in the best possible way.
And we must not forget that every holiday we gather with our family, to serve both beautiful, modern and traditional dishes. Homemade juices made from apple, pear or other fruits. Also being able to drink some sweet wine and give thanks for all the blessings we have received.