Welcome to the Mango blog

Here, we confess our love for learning new languages, dive in to new cultures, explore industry topics, and sometimes show off our favorite animated .gifs.

I Always Thought The Equinox Was A Spaceship

cemeteryIn the States, not much attention is paid to the autumn or vernal (spring) equinoxes. It’s a bit astounding, though, that in other countries, this is actually a most traditional and celebrated holiday.

Take Japan for instance. There, they call the Autumnal Equinox Shubun no Hi. This day holds two significant meanings for the Japanese. One stems from their agricultural society, celebrating the season change and the time when day and night are both equal.

Aside from its agrarian origins, the autumnal equinox is also called Higan no Chu-Nichi. Higan is a seven day period in Japan in which many Japanese will visit their family members who have passed away and clean the area where they were buried. This is related to the Japanese festival Obon, in which it believed that  relatives and loved ones return in spirit to visit, but during Shubun no Hi, it is our turn to pay respect.

A very typical food to see during Shubun no Hi is a sticky rice ball called “ohagi.” Though it’s a sweet, it’s relatively healthy, so don’t be bashful!

Do you know any other special celebrations for the Autumn Equinox, or autumn in general?

Meet the Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Mango Languages

Mango Languages

30445 Northwestern
Suite 300
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
1 (855) 466-2646